Walking with zombies. And surviving the night of the vampire.
As a pioneer of tripped-out rock 'n' roll and the frontman of quintessential 1960s psychedelic rock band 13th Floor Elevators, Roky Erickson -- who emerged out of the wildness and weirdness of Austin, Texas -- notched his spot among American pop music's most visionary outlaws.
His earliest singles, such as 1966's "You're Gonna Miss Me," changed rock and cracked the Billboard charts. But by the late '60s, Erickson had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, confined to a mental hospital, and subjected to electroshock therapy.
Four decades later, though, he's experienced an all-out resurgence, releasing a string of critically revered records, playing major music festivals like Coachella, and making regular cross-country treks alongside younger acolytes.
Now in mere days, Roky Erickson and fellow Austin psychedelicists Black Angels will unleash mind-warping rock upon downtown Miami's Grand Central. It's gonna be an experience to expand the mind.
So check the cut. Win some tickets. Don't miss it.
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