Tonight: Starfucker at Neumos, Sonny Rollins at the Paramount

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Starfucker, with Truckasaurus, Copy. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $12. Starfucker is back. Last year, the Portland electronic band changed their name to Pyramiddd in hopes that dropping the expletive would make them more marketable in the mainstream. But recently, they came to their senses, realized the new moniker was "fucking stupid," and reverted to Starfucker. There's an irony to the band's music that sets them apart from more famous peers like MGMT and Metric. Frontman Josh Hodges sings with cool, even conceit that cuts through even the heaviest synthesizers and big beats, as evidenced on tongue-in-cheek tracks like "Boy Toy" and "Medicine." Even better is their sarcasm-dripping cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," which Hodges introduced the last time Starfucker performed in Seattle as "the best song I ever wrote." ERIKA HOBART

Sonny Rollins. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 877-STG-4TIX. 8 p.m. $37-$47. Even when more of the jazz giants roamed the earth, few could elicit the kind of agape excitement that Sonny Rollins, who turns 80 this year, still can. There's a raw, elusive quality to his playing that can almost set you on edge, the way the most nakedly creative expression always does. If you missed him at the Vancouver jazz fest last year, this is a rare chance to catch a legend who still plays like he has something to prove. His quintet includes Bob Cranshaw, the bass player who's been helping him prove it for forty years. MARK D. FEFER

 
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