Mayo Thompson has drifted in and out of a variety of scenes and identities over the course of his life. He got his start in the ’60s as singer-guitarist with The Red Krayola, a Houston group that made other psychedelic bands of the era sound safe as milk in comparison. In the 1970s, he was an assistant to artist Robert Rauschenberg, but by the end of the decade Thompson had relocated to England, where he wound up recording classic releases by The Fall, The Raincoats, Cabaret Voltaire, and Stiff Little Fingers. Along the way, he recorded a 1970 solo record, Corky’s Debt to His Father, an overlooked collection of cracked and arty folk songs that set the template for lo-fi, indie-pop styles decades later. Thompson performs the album in its entirety for only the third time, in a free concert at Hammer Museum.
Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Thurs., Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000, https://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2020/mayo-thompson.