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Most couples find it hard enough to keep a relationship going, let alone make beautiful music together. Remember that duet by Don Johnson and Barbra Streisand? Or Sonny and Cher? But then there are times when two people come together and it’s like chocolate hitting peanut butter for the first time. Not since Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth got together has a bandmate couple made music as good as Deborah “Debsey” Wykes and Paul Kelly make in Birdie. Before Birdie, the two former backup performers for Saint Etienne spent years making music on their own in London, Wykes in the effervescent girl-pop band Dolly Mixture and Kelly in his moody quartet East Village. Birdie combines the best of both bands, with Wykes’ voice floating over Kelly’s pleasantly reverberating guitar and her own soulful keyboard strokes. Birdie’s first album, Some Dusty, was issued in the U.K. last fall and is just now seeing a U.S. release. When you listen to it, the echoes of Dusty Springfield make you feel as if you’d been transported back to the ’60s. You’re not quite sure where, and you’re not quite sure why, but you don’t really care. Wykes and Kelly have crafted such sweet, melodious pop tunes that you hope that they never break up—if not for their own happiness, then for ours. With Barcelona at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Metro Cafe, 1522 14th St. NW. $7. (202) 588-9118. (Annys Shin)