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Say Hi, with Head Like a Kite. Mural Amphitheater, Seattle Center, 684-7200. 5 p.m. Free. All ages. It's been over a year since Say Hi's

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Tonight: Say Hi at the Mural, Casiokids at Vera, Digable Planets at Neumos

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Say Hi, with Head Like a Kite. Mural Amphitheater, Seattle Center, 684-7200. 5 p.m. Free. All ages. It's been over a year since Say Hi's Eric Elbogen released his latest record, the kicky Oohs & Aahs, but the guy's still had a truly buzzworthy 2010. Elbogen gained national exposure when one of Oohs' most memorable tracks, "One, Two...One," was featured in a slick TV commercial for a Cadillac sports car; earlier in the year his shaggy, bearded self was also interviewed on ABC News, who fawningly described his music as "bedroom, melodic, wistful indie pop." Now he's gathering a full band together; besides tonight's KEXP show and Say Hi's opening slot for Barsuk labelmates Menomena at the Showbox in September, Elbogen recently tweeted that he's back to the grind recording the follow-up to Oohs. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Click here to download "Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh" by Say Hi from Oohs & Aahs

Casiokids, with Light Pollution. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372. 7:30 p.m. $9. All ages. Although black metal has been the country's chief musical export of late, Norway's all-time most successful band remains '80s synth-pop outfit a-ha, who announced that they're retiring at the end of 2010 (what, you didn't know they were still active?). Earlier this summer - via an American Idol-esque reality show sponsored by a-ha - the "Take On Me" boys passed their torch to upstart Norwegians Casiokids, who won the contest and the accompanying one million kroner (around $160,000). That's allowed them to finance a U.S. tour, where they can show what they've been up to since forming in 2005. That means lots of high-energy, retro electro-pop crafted out of vintage keyboards, strings, toy instruments, weird samples, joyful melodies, and gentle vocal harmonies. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Click here to download "Finn Bikkjen!" by Casiokids

Digable Planets, with U.G.O. Crew, Khingz, dj100proof. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $17. As an alternative to the unbridled aggression of the in-vogue gangster rap, Digable Planets' debut Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) and its vibrant jazz-laced beats--not to mention Grammy-winning single "Rebirth of Slick"--quickly earned a name as some of the early '90s' most astute hip-hop. The New York -based trio (which includes Seattle emcee Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler, recently acclaimed as Palaceer Lazaro of Shabazz Palaces) parted ways shortly after the release of their sophomore effort in 1994. Their reunion just shy of a decade later excited hip-hop heads from coast to coast, and whether or not a third album ever materializes, the chance to see these legends in action is definitely "Cool Like Dat." NICK FELDMAN

Below, return to the '90s with a retro performance of "Cool Like Dat":

 
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