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The Cannanes

9 p.m., Friday, June 6. CBGB, 3163 South Grand Boulevard.

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Among certain musical enclaves, the Cannanes are held in the highest and most reverent esteem.  For more than two decades, this Australian band has personified a specific strain of underground pop music: fragile male-female vocals, smart and sardonic lyrics, lots of strummy guitars and keyboards, and a sophisticated (if occasionally shambling) melodic approach.  It's released almost a dozen albums on almost as many labels, toured the world a few times and influenced many, many bands along the way. 2008 sees the premiere of Short Poppy Syndrome, a documentary covering their long and storied career.  The Cannanes are only playing six American tour dates this time around: If you don't seize the chance to see their first St. Louis appearance, you will regret it later.

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