THURSDAY

Though it jumps back and forth in time, drawing from a decade’s worth of albums, the seamless sound of Bellavista Terrace: Best of the Go-Betweens proves the band’s aesthetic remained consistent even while its arrangements moved from spare to lush. The Go-Betweens performed new wave folk-rock love songs for grown ups: Songwriters Robert Forster and Grant McLennan chronicled adult heartaches and -breaks, the beginnings and, especially, the ends of real relationships between real people. Bellavista Terrace opens with the lover’s question “Was There Anything I Could Do?” and ends with “Dive for Your Memory,” in which a forsaken suitor refuses to accept that he never meant a damn thing to his ex. In between are countless catchy tunes, including the classic “Cattle and Cane,” a moving ode to elusive childhood memories. Get Bellavista Terrace soon, though, while it still comes with a second, limited-edition CD of two wonderful U.S. radio sessions, one electric and one acoustic. The latter provides a great preview of Forster and McLennan’s current tour, their first together in a decade. They’ll play songs from their Go-Betweens days, as well as from their subsequent solo careers, with Tim Keegan & Candy Butchers at 8:45 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $10. (202) 393-0930. (Mark W. Sullivan)

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