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One of the biggest shows to come to town this week is jazz-beat wizard Flying Lotus’s stop at Concord Music Hall on Friday night—I’d recommend getting there early enough to catch opening act and frequent FlyLo collaborator Thundercat. Formally known as Stephen Bruner, Thundercat also recently played bass in Suicidal Tendencies, and his nimble, frenetic bass playing allows him to jump between the latter’s thrash-metal blitzkrieg and the plasmatic R&B-funk fusion of his solo recordings. As Peter Margasak wrote in a Soundboard capsule about last year’s great Apocalypse, “he’s made big strides along the road from great bassist to great artist.” Not to be missed, and to get a sense of what you might be hearing on Friday, check out “Oh Sheit It’s X,” the standout track from Apocalypse, in which Thundercat sings elegantly over a skittering bass line and a left-field boogie drumbeat.