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Brown Vampire The Very Weekend Best Here’s / a Beach bill of pithy House Afro-pop / made by four Columbia grads, sample-addled dance tunes made by two DJs and an African singer, and a narcotic ambient band of two very pretty people from Baltimore. Does it make sense as a whole? Not especially, but each are tailor-made for the Bowl’s sunshine and open space. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. 7 p.m. today. $23.75-$94.75. (323) 850-2000.
Epicenter Festival This is maybe the strangest triple bill in festival season 2010: the pickled, glammy, classic schlock of KISS; Blink-182’s bratty pop-punk and Eminem’s newly resurgent rhymes atop a lineup of rap, metal and hard rock. No better display of the male id may be found in concertland. California Speedway, 9300 Cherry Ave., Fontana. Noon today $96.05. www.epicenterfestival.com.
Frankie Rose & the Outs Rose has done time in pretty much every reverbed-out, female-centric guitar band in recent months — Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls and Crystal Stilts among them. On her own, however, she aims for a higher-fi sound that leans vintage but feels resplendent. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. 9 p.m. today. $8 (213) 413-8200.
The Black Keys Guitarist Dan Auerbach and gangly funk drummer Patrick Carney are a duo from Akron, Ohio, whose college-kid jam-band look and impassioned stranglehold on the blues make it clear this is neither retro hipsterism nor the postpunk tinkering of the White Stripes and company. They’re not cool; they’re just brilliant. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. 8 p.m. Mon.-Tue. $43. (323) 962-7600.
Ellie Goulding Goulding’s breakthrough single “Starry Eyed” has the insular, precious feel of folk, but it’s riven with urgent drum-and-bass production and a raver’s sparkle. The Roxy, 9009 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Tue. $19.25. (310) 2789457.
Pavement / Sonic Youth / No Age Three explorations of the many powers still lurking in the electric guitar — Pavement’s slacker ethos disguises some of the ’90s most perfect, disaffected rock songs; Sonic Youth’s groundbreaking thrash-punk made repellent noise into high art; No Age’s splices of ’80s hardcore and samplerenabled ambience is one of the defining sounds of Los Angeles today. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. 7 p.m. Thu. $37.75-$79. (323) 850-2000. Story on Page E1