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.
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.