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Toronto collective Stars brings aching indie-pop to the Tralf on Saturday

The indie-pop that emerged from Canada over the past decade bore all the markings of a homegrown movement – a sound and a style rooted in something organic and natural, an extension of musical happenings within a specific geographical area. Stars, like the band’s musical and social brethren, Broken Social Scene, arrived with a fully developed sound, one based on a marriage of alternative rock edginess and the more ornate, orchestrated and melodic leanings of classic pop. We now refer to this sound simply as indie-pop, but when Stars was busy helping to forge the style, the musicians were simply doing what came naturally to them.

Stars has played some of the area’s largest stages over the years, but the group arrives for an intimate show at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). The High Highs will open. Tickets are $20 (box office, Ticketmaster).

– Jeff Miers