roky’s return

roky erickson

roky erickson

One of the great near-casualties of pop music past, behind Brian Wilson and Peter Green, is Texas guitarist and song stylist Roky Erickson.

One-time chieftain of the late ‘60s Lone Star psychedelic outfit The 13th Floor Elevators, Erickson spent much of the band’s succeeding years receiving treatment for paranoid schizophrenia, some of it involuntarily. Entangled in financial, legal and health issues for decades and only sporadically making new music in the process, Erickson edged back into performance mode with concert sets at the Austin City Limits and Coachella festivals beginning in 2005.

His first album of new songs in nearly 15 years, a powerfully redemptive work cut with the Austin indie band Okkervil River titled True Love Cast Out All Evil, was issued in April. Now comes the most improbable part of the story. Erickson is actually on tour again and performing tonight at Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Rd. in Louisville (8 p.m., $15).

Phantom Family Halo, Montag and Bad Blood round out the bill. Call (502) 584-8088.

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