Tonight: Brite Futures at Neumos, Sounds Outside at Cal Anderson Park

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Chona Kasinger
Brite Futures, with Sap'n, Motopony. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $14. All ages. Some names need to change. Starfucker tried to become Pyramidd. And now, due to a less-than-sympathetic muse, the band formerly known as Natalie Portman's Shaved Head has gone through a process they called "bittersweet" but "necessary" to become Brite Futures. But don't worry; the handclaps, the goofy lyrics, the get-down vibe, the too-catchy melodies--they haven't gone anywhere. Headlining the Vera Project's eighth annual "A Drink for the Kids" benefit, the electro-pop five-piece still makes the lovable party music they did before the switch. And judging by their first single under the new moniker, a spectacular sunshine anthem aptly titled "Dog Eared Summer," the future for this gang is bright indeed. NICK FELDMAN

Sounds Outside. Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave., 684-4075. 1 p.m. Free. All ages. The success of this free concert series--now in its fifth year--proves that adventurous improvising can provide a sunny afternoon's soundtrack just as well as the usual Northwest festival fare. Members of the Monktail collective have put together another slate of Seattle's best creative players, including the Jazz Composers Ensemble and the Zubatto Syndicate, two sprawling and multi-layered bands. Wayne Horvitz's Sonny Clark tribute band is on tap too, along with some guests from New York called Father Figures. MARK D. FEFER

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