In 2008, the New York label Norton Records issued the album Halloween, a collection of live songs recorded between 1979 and 1981 by the Texas psych-rocker Roky Erickson and the Explosives, then his band. The tracks were taken from performances in Texas and California, including the popular “Starry Eyes” at the Continental Club in Austin, where Erickson will return for a Halloween show next Thursday. There is no more fitting day to see Erickson play. How can you not be a little scared by songs like “Stand for the Fire Demon” and “Creature With the Atom Brain”—byproducts, no doubt, of the shock treatment that Erickson endured at mental hospitals and of the alien who, he said, later temporarily inhabited his body? Since touring for True Love Cast Out All Evil, his 2010 Grammy-nominated album produced by Will Sheff of Okkervil River, Erickson hasn’t played often, and this is the last show in Texas this year.
The Continental Club, October 31, 8 p.m., rokyerickson.net
The Tall Ship Elissa, a 99-foot-tall, three-masted sailing ship named for a character in Virgil’s epic poem “The Aeneid,” has sailed the world since 1877 and has been subjected to all sorts of rough situations, including a mutiny. The ship is undoubtedly fertile ground