Gig of the week: The Knife, Roundhouse, London NW1


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If deconstructing dance-pop sounds like a dry approach to good-time music, fear not: the Knife engage body and brain on their new album, Shaking the Habitual.

Epic drones and noises of dubious provenance are pleasingly off-piste features of the Swedish duo's return, but so are priapic imprecations, polyrhythmic pile-drivers and febrile scratching.

If an inability to toe anything like a predictable line keeps the results thrilling, the live show aims for the same: featuring "danceoke" and "absurdist aerobics", it could be the only post-everything art-pop extravaganza you can get your rocks off to in town.

0844 482 8008;, Wednesday & Thursday