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BLOODY HAMMER
9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.

Score another point for the local music scene. You'd have to search far and wide to find another tribute band to cult hero Roky Erickson. As music nerds everywhere know, Erickson rose to late-'60s prominence as the lead singer of Texas-based psychedelic rockers 13th Floor Elevators. Arrested in 1969 for marijuana possession (of a lone joint), Erickson tried to escape a 10-year prison sentence by pleading insanity. As a result, Erickson was diagnosed as a schizophrenic and sent to a hospital for the criminally insane, where he was given intensive electroconvulsive therapy and Thorazine treatments. He emerged four years later a significantly changed man and a musician whose focus turned to paranoid, horror- and science fiction-influenced material. By 1982, he'd signed a legal affidavit declaring that a Martian had taken residence in his body. He drifted out of focus for nearly a decade, but in the last 20 years he's emerged as a cult hero, most recently as the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary “You're Gonna Miss Me.” Formed earlier this year, Bloody Hammer brings together five vets of dozens of local acts, including Clicking Beetle Bad Omen Band, Doktors for Bob and the Glands. Bloody Hammer plans to learn more than 50 Erickson songs and go out on short tours. Always entertaining local rockers Loch Ness Monster open.

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