KCRW World Fest (featuring Baaba Maal, Playing for Change, Yeasayer). What is Afro-pop? For Baaba Maal, it's a techno-tilted band of beatmaking and ecstatic harmonies; for Yeasayer, it's electro-infused desert disco; and each artist at this festival underscores the diversity of the continent's influence on music today. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 7 p.m. $12-$102. (323) 850-2000. www.hollywoodbowl.com.
Warped Tour. Alkaline Trio, Andrew W.K., Motion City Soundtrack and the All-American Rejects are a few of the gobs of lip-piercing friendly punkers headlining the annual festival. Home Depot Center, 18400 Avalon Blvd., Carson. 11 a.m. $33-$40. http://www.warpedtour.com.
Electric Daisy Carnival. L.A. has become possibly the most fertile new soil for techno festivals today, and Electric Daisy has deep roots in it. Moby, Deadmau5, Armin Van Buuren and Groove Armada headline this installment. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 3939 S. Figueroa St., L.A. 2 p.m. $65 Friday. $75 Saturday. $129 for a two-day pass. www.electricdaisycarnival.com.
Danzig. The dark lord of goth-punk has revved his eponymous outfit for a rare tour. Go ahead and start growing your foot-long widows' peak. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 8:30 p.m. $29.50. (213) 765-7000. http://www.clubnokia.com.
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. "I Learned The Hard Way" is the latest album from the airtight soul crew, who pulls from vintage Stax and Motown yet never fails to sound wholly modern and fresh. Jones is a firecracker of a vocalist and performer that proves vitality knows no age in music. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $22.50-$27.50. (213) 388-1400.
A.R. Rahman. The brain behind the "Slumdog Millionaire" soundtrack and more Bollywood hits than you can shake a dosa at brings his ensemble and the spirit of the subcontinent for a night of ravishing Indo-pop. The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. 7 p.m. $50.85-$300.85. http://www.arrahmanlive.com.
Goldfrapp, TuneYards, Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club. Goldfrapp's demure techno-pop has soundtracked more bad decisions in hotel lobbies than just about any other artist and remains one of pop's best sonic indulgences. But come early for the mania of tUnE-yArDs, where reggae rhythms, beatboxing and frantic guitars add up to a strange and wonderful new sound. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 7 p.m. $12-$131. (323) 850-2000.
Cocorosie. Sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady debuted with their Parisian bathtub electro-pop in 2004 and have returned with their fourth album, the murky "Grey Oceans," released this month. The Orpheum should provide the right haunted feel for their cult atmospherics. Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, L.A. 9 p.m. $28. (877) 677-4386. www.laorpheum.com.
July 2, 3, 4
Vince Gill. Born in Norman, Okla., country powerhouse Vince Gill, who has sold more than 22 million albums, will help usher in America's 234th birthday at this three-night stand at the Bowl. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. $12-$106. (323) 850-2000.
Hootenanny. Don't expect to see any musicians screwing around with an iMac Pro at this show; this is strictly plug in the amps and go, featuring two elders, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis, along with sets from Old 97's, Shooter Jennings, and other bands running the rockabilly gamut. Oak Canyon Ranch, 4700 Santiago Canyon Road, Irvine. $39. Noon. www.thehootenanny.com.
Konono no 1. This Congolese ensemble debuted its Afropop-trance hybrid in 2005 and now it's back with "Assume Crash Position," an album steeped in thumb-piano experiments worked through its homemade sound system built from car parts, megaphones and old amps. Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 458-8900. www.twilightdance.org.
Sugarland. Fronted by Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, Sugarland plays Nashville country but for the widescreen, going from working-stiff romance to the Grammy-snagging balladry of "Stay." This is one of the stops on its 56-city tour titled "The Incredible Machine," a preview of sorts for its upcoming album. Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. $40.50-$96. (323) 665-5857.
Lilith Fair. The '90s showcase of women in music returns after an extended hiatus with a genre-defying lineup of musicians from every walk of life, style and age group, including Norah Jones, Mary J. Blige, Loretta Lynn, Heart, Gossip, Erykah Badu, Cat Power and Emmy Lou Harris. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. $31.50-$252. 3 p.m. (949) 855-8095. http://www.lilithfair.com.