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Roky Erickson | Saturday | 11 p.m.

Who would make the Mount Rushmore of Texas Music? Willie, for sure. Probably Waylon as well, right next to Townes Van Zandt. But that fourth place? That has to belong to Roky. With the opening howl of "You're Gonna Miss Me," Erikson and his 13th Floor Elevators sounded the opening shot for psychedelic rock. That strange trip, begun in 1966, has now formed an unprecedented Texas-psych rock tradition reaching through the hard acid rock of Bubble Puppy, the pyscho-babble stylings of the Butthole Surfers and most recently to Levitation (formerly Austin Psych Fest), who are curating Saturday's gig.

Erikson doesn't quite have the mind-melting energy of yore (mostly because he melted his mind a bit too much), but then when it comes to paying witness to Texas music royalty, it doesn't come much more, well, royal than this.

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