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The Cannanes

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



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.