Even without its remarkable backstory, Roky Erickson's album with Okkervil River, "True Love Cast Out All Evil," feels like a triumph. Full speed ahead on comeback trail after years lost to drug abuse and mental illness, the 62-year-old songwriter has crafted the tender, back-porch folk of a man who's seen life from the other side. Best album ever birthed in a psychiatric hospital? Maybe, and producer Will Sheff and his Okkervil bandmates maintain the material's sense of wonder while never crossing the line to mawkish. Leslie & the Badgers open tonight's show at the Fonda Theater. (Download, courtesy of the label: "Be and Bring Me Home")
Elsewhere: Armed with material from their fifth album and first in seven years, "Heligoland," British trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack start a three-night run at the Wiltern. ... Jonathan Richman has released more albums (21) than most regulars at the Smell have had birthdays, but, two days past his 59th birthday, he's playing the downtown all-ages room tonight. ... And up-and-coming pop-rock quartet Scarlet Grey headlines the Troubadour in their last local show before the release of their sophomore album, "Fancy Blood," and a tour supporting AFI.
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Also: Bigelf at the Roxy; the Ruby Friedman Orchestra and Nina Storey at the Hotel Cafe; Black Math Horseman at Spaceland; Converge at the El Rey Theatre; Voices Voices and 60 Watt Kid at the Echo; Styx and Foreigner at the Gibson Amphitheatre; and the Moviegoers at the Silverlake Lounge.