THURSDAY

Young people, is this talk about bringing back the draft making you a little nervous? Wondering if Miss Canada is as indiscriminate as she was in the ’70s? Well, get your priorities straight there, Roger Dodger: How’s the partying up there in the Great White North? First, let’s examine the honeys: You’ve got Avril Lavigne and a bunch of apple-cheeked lasses in pigtails and fisherman sweaters. Party supplies? Labatt Blue, Crown Royal, and Vancouver “coffeehouses” should work. Then there’s the music scene: Rush is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year, but there’s not too many of the aforementioned betties at those shows. What about Sloan? Not only is Sloan one of the few modern bands that deserve to be classified as power pop, but the group just released Action Pact, a disc as beautiful as anything it’s done in its career. The harmonies are as sweet as a Tim Horton’s maple-glazed, and the hooks are as catchy as the SARS that gripped Toronto last year. So moving to Canada may help you avoid dying a pointless death in the sand, but Sloan offers nearly as solid a reason to start practicing your “How’s it going, eh?” Sloan plays with the Kicks at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13, on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-7960. (David Dunlap Jr.)