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Mike Bell’s Top 5 Sled Island 2018 picks for Saturday

Trash Hawks, Palomino (main floor) at 6 p.m.

From the Sasky city that rhymes with “Albina” (shout out to the Surinamese!), comes this raggedy, rollicking, melodic pop-punkling quartet. Weezer-esque with a little more, at times, wall-of-noise ambition — thinkerton Pinkerton era Cuomo and Co. except a little more exuberant — they come at you hard, fast and friendly, like a smile in sonic form. How else would you want to start the last night of Sled 2018 proper?

Faith Healer, Broken City (main floor) at 8 p.m.

She’s a tough one to pigeonhole, is Edmonton’s Jessica Jalbert. Pop. Rock. Jangly folk. Singer-songwriter. All. None. It doesn’t really matter. She has her own thing, and her thing is pretty wonderful. She soothes, she shakes, she pleases, she pokes — like a mix between Lucy Dacus, Sharon Van Etten and Courtney Barnett. But not even kind of. See? No, actually hear. As in go hear her tonight here. (Note: time may have changed due to rain on patio.)

Dirty Projectors, Palace Theatre at 11 p.m.

It’s the first tour in five years for David Longstreth and his longtime Projectors project. He’ll be offering a preview of his forthcoming album Lamp Lit Prose, which is due out in mid-July. Spoiler alert: It’s goddamn glorious. It really does sound like the perfect companion piece — or, for the old or hip, Side B on the cassette tape — to Longstreth’s pal Ezra Koenig and his act Vampire Weekend’s classic Modern Vampires of the City. It’s bright, boisterous, joyous and all that you want and need in your life. Go and be part of what should be a communal celebratory coming together.

Peach Kelli Pop, Dickens Pub at 11:30 p.m.

Keep the good mood going with Ottawa’s Allie Hanlon and her cartoon pop creations. Honestly, each track is like the theme song to a Saturday morning — one fuelled by a couple of bowls of Lucky Charms, Sugar Corn Pops and Shonen Knife. Fun. Fun. And more fun.

Shabazz Palaces, Royal Canadian Legion (main floor) at 12:30 a.m.

The Seattle pairing of Ishmael Butler (formerly of late ’80s, early ’90s act Digable Planets) and Tendai “Baba” Maraire are one of hip-hop’s most out-there, interesting, eccentric and best duos. Take their latest albums Quazarz Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machine — released at the same time last year, which are sorta concept records about an alien coming to Earth and being struck by our relationships to our devices, especially cellphones. Weird? Yes. Amazing? Damn right. It’s funky, jazzy, spacey rap from another world. How else would you want to end your last night of Sled Island proper?

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