Having grown up in rural Texas and spent his teens in Seattle during the grunge boom, Rocky Votolato’s bio packs all the street cred a singer-songwriter could hope for. The rest of his career reads as much like a fictional caricature of your ultimate alt-folk hero: After spending his formative years in emotionally charged punk bands, Votolato settled into what’s now a decade-long career as an earnest, introspective belly-acher who started with a stripped-down delivery and, over time, fleshed out his sound to circle back to his Texas roots. Most essentially, Votolato’s sweet sounds come from a dark place. But rather than suffer the early and tragic fates of peers such as Elliott Smith, his bout with depression only resulted in a yearlong stint of inactivity. Upon resurfacing, he wrote the critically acclaimed True Devotion. Regarded as his magnum opus, the record chronicles his journey out of the doldrums. Matt Pond opens.