In just five short years, Flying Lotus has grown from a promising beat-builder with a side gig in Adult Swim bumper music to the caliber of rarefied artist who can score guest vocals from Thom Yorke. His aesthetic—a textural, hazy, heavy-bumping fusion that does for hip hop and IDM what '70s Ornette Coleman did for jazz—was firmly in place across his first few works, including debut LP 1983 and EPs like Reset and Pink Sun. But it was 2008's Los Angeles and its ensuing spinoff L.A. EPs that put him at the figurehead position of a creatively rich post-hip-hop scene, which aims to redraw the parameters of beat music. His intensely anticipated follow-up, Cosmogramma, which includes the aforementioned Yorke collaboration "...And the World Laughs with You," drops in May. Dubstep powerhouse Kode9 and local favorites the Moongoons open. 18+.
Sat., April 3, 9 p.m., 2010