Now that Lemonheads albums have essentially become Evan Dando solo albums, we can see that the lanky Bostonian’s personal concerns are more obscure, quieter, and more difficult than those proffered by former cohort Ben Deily. At his best, as on “Half the Time” (off of Lovey) or on the title song to the new album It’s a Shame About Ray, he conjures up a wistful, somewhat disturbing detachedness. Juliana Hatfield is the sometime Blake Baby who’s embarked on what should become a successful solo career; her new Hey Babe is the usual blistering commentary on the trouble with boys–and girls. (Hatfield’s also scheduled to do an in-store appearance at Rave record store beneath Metro at 9 PM.) Note that a scheduled Metro early show featuring the Levellers and Uncle Green has been thankfully scrunched into the Dando-Hatfield bill. This means that Dando may go on before 1 AM, and it means you’ll get a look at the tuneful Uncle Green and, perhaps more interestingly, the Levellers. Their Pogues-lite debut doesn’t impress me, but I keep getting unsolicited reports that you’ve got to see them live. Tonight, 8:30 PM, Cabaret Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Chris Cuffaro.