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Flying Lotus announces two 'Cosmogramma' release shows at the Echoplex

May 4, 2010 |  3:37 pm


For a feature in Tuesday's Calendar, I spent an afternoon with the L.A. electro-jazz musician Flying Lotus to talk about his strange and wonderful new album "Cosmogramma," touring with Thom Yorke and how his peers in the Low End Theory scene are destroying genres with their avant-garde music, while simultaneously rising to international prominence.

If you want to hear the record in its natural setting, Lotus is commandeering the Echoplex on May 14 and May 15 for two very different performances. On the 14th, he’ll play a solo set with full visual accompaniment and excellent openers including fellow travelers Ras G and Samiyam. On the 15th, however, it gets even more intriguing, as Lotus debuts his new live band (or, as he’s dubbing it, an "infinity" sign), with his virtuoso saxophonist kin Ravi Coltrane, Gonjasufi, the Gaslamp Killer and matthewdavid warming up.

If you have a job interview or drug test anytime in the days following, tread lightly, but this is an absolute must-see. From what I’ve heard, Lotus’ band is going to obliterate the confines of electronica for something absolutely new and necessary.  

-- August Brown

Photo: Flying Lotus in his element. Credit: Anna Webber / Getty Images

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