Critics have been creaming their jeans over the Go-Betweens for nearly ten years. The Australian combo is led by songwriters Robert Forster and Grant McLennan, who took their name (one assumes) from Joseph Losey’s moody, heavily symbolic movie. The pair have dispensed with the moodiness in favor of an ever-more-crystalline pop production, but they’ve retained an evocative air of languid, romantic dissolution. Their sound combines galloping acoustic guitars, Forster’s Tom Verlaine-ish voice, lyrics that competently deal with some complex romantic issues, and of course that production. The Go-Betweens have toyed with a polished radio sound for their last few records, particularly on 1987’s fun Tallulah. Now we’ve got their U.S. major-label debut, the luminous, first-rate 16 Lovers Lane. Let ’em show you around–it’s an address they know well. Saturday, 7:30 PM, Cabaret Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.

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