Pop gig of the week: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, various venues


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For a band who once seemed like gung-ho ephemera incarnate, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' story has been a glorious tale of the unexpected.

Centred on Karen O's one-woman riot of personality, they arrived in the early 2000s as lusty no-wavers among a slew of fash-mag-friendly guitar believers.

Having "gone electro" on 2009's It's Blitz!, their pop-slut instincts now embrace dub, gospel, soul, rap and goth-punk on Mosquito, which outpaces their peers with a welcome twist in their tale: a sparking display of the kind of lasting potency that the Strokes would sell their trainers for.

Apollo, Manchester, Wed; Academy, Leeds, Thur (both 0871 220 0260;seetickets.com); Alexandra Palace, London N22 (atpfestival.com) 4 May