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Suede's jaw-dropping show at Metro a few months back merely confirmed the bruising, caterwauling authority of the British band's swaggery debut album. Singer Brett Anderson's undisguised polymorphous perversity ("Have you ever tried it that way?") and guitarist Bernard Butler's hooky, bashed-out guitar lines combined to approach the "pandemonium live" the pair vowed to create when they started their bond two years ago. After a tumultuous reception in the UK, they came to America this year to find the colonies in the arms of some grungy and more masculine boys from Seattle, many of them sporting funny goatees. As that rather acquired taste wanes, though, some fans will no doubt find Suede's androgynous allure and offhand rock 'n' roll virtuosity intoxicating. Those so caught up will find they'll have to work for their pleasure. "I'm interested in laying back and taking it," warns Anderson. The band's on a double-headline tour with the Cranberries, creators of the irresistible AOR hit "Dreams." Tuesday, 7.30 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield; 559-1212 or 472-0449.

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

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