Roky Erickson & the Explosives, TK Webb & the Visions, Wisebloods, Plastic Crimewave Expanse, DJ Billiams Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., Aug. 31, 9 p.m. 2008

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s dictum about second acts has been proven wrong too many times to quote it with a straight face anymore, but even so Austin songwriter Roky Erickson has a knack for the comeback that’s seemingly explicable only by some stray strand of feline DNA in his nuclei. The documentary You’re Gonna Miss Me tells the story of his lifelong struggle with mental illness, drug abuse, and poverty, but with far greater eloquence his music describes what this struggle looks like from the inside: mundane real-world details fall away and arise transformed into space invaders and mind-controlling demons, a contest between good and evil rendered fearfully ambivalent and orgiastically cathartic. SteadyBoy Records recently released Halloween: Live 1979-1981, which documents performances by the original lineup of Erickson’s quartet the Explosives (three of whom play in the current group). If you’ve thought of Erickson during that period as some sort of savant who needed to be propped up to function, this disc will blow those ideas away in a frenzy of dead-on, razor-sharp psychedelic terror. —Monica Kendrick

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