Avant-garde beatmaker Flying Lotus is the toast of the town right now, the release of his new album "Cosmogramma" having hit the shores of electronic music like a tsunami and folks still buzzing over his eye-popping set at Coachella. For the man born Steve Ellison, this weekend's double-dip at the Echoplex has all the makings of a coming-out party -- his solo gig tonight will be a lot like his performance in April in the desert, complete with visuals, but his music figures to take on a whole new complexion on Saturday night, when FlyLo debuts his live band. He'll man the keyboards, along with a guitarist, bassist, drummer, harpist, percussionist, tenor saxophonist and vocalists.
Kids in the Hall: It's a big weekend at Walt Disney Concert Hall -- Bajofondo, the eight-person electro-tango collective from Argentina and Uruguay, joins the Philharmonic Orquestra of the Americas there tonight; Patti LuPone brings her solo show "Matters of the Heart" to the hall on Saturday; and Sunday evening you can get your legend on with saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
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Also notable: Carole King and James Taylor hold forth tonight and Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl on their "Live at the Troubadour" tour. ... California Metalfest, with Fear Factory headlining Saturday and O.C.'s Bleeding Through on Sunday, goes off at the Fox Theater and Glass House in Pomona. ... And tonight's Wavefest 2010 brings the likes of Michael McDonald, Chaka Khan, Poncho Sanchez and Mindi Abair to the Greek Theatre.
Also tonight: Hombres G at the Palladium; O.A.R. and ALO at the Wiltern; Chayanne at the Gibson Amphitheatre; Larry Hernandez at the Nokia Theatre; Dredg at the Troubadour; Andrew Bird at Largo; Chris Pierce at the Hotel Cafe; Useless Keys and the Delta Mirror at Spaceland; Turin Brakes and Lucy Schwartz at the Echo; Oliver Future and London to Tokyo at the Bootleg Theater; the Finches at the Smell; Nu Savant at the Viper Room; Summer Darling at Pehrspace; Modern Time Machines at Mr. T's Bowl; and Robotanists and BoxViolet at the free Friday Night Sessions at California Plaza.
Also Saturday: KIIS's Wango Tango at Staples Center with Usher, Ke$ha, Akon, Adam Lambert, Justin Bieber and B.o.B.; A-ha at Club Nokia; Thirty Seconds to Mars, with Shiny Toy Guns, Neon Trees and Street Drum Corps, at the Greek Theatre; Carney's album-release show at the El Rey Theatre; Dredg at the Troubadour; Andrew Bird at Largo; Annuals and the Most Serene Republic at Spaceland; Jeremy Messersmith at the Bootleg Theater; Phoenix and the Turtle at Pehrspace; Johann Johannsson at the Silent Movie Theatre; Nicole Kidman at the Smell; Stab City at the Redwood Bar; Freedy Johnston at the Mint; and Snow & Voices at the Hotel Cafe.
Also Sunday: Sea Wolf and Patrick Park at the Autry Museum; Toots & the Maytals at the Key Club; the Parson Red Heads at McCabe's; Gil Mantera's Party Dream at Spaceland; Dan Janisch at Grand Ole Echo at the Echo; A-Ha at Club Nokia; and Bonfire Madigan and Rachael Cantu at the Bootleg Theater.