POP: THE FIVE BEST GIGS

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Beastie Boys Wed, Fri

The rocking hip-hop trio undertakes a welcome but sadly brief arena tour in support of the new single, "Remote Control".

NEC, Birmingham (02-780 433) Wed; Wembley Arena (08-902 0902) Fri

2

Ozomatli Thur

UK debut from the funky LA 0-piece featuring two members of Jurassic 5. A brilliant live reputation and a first album due in June should make them big news. Jazz Cafe, NW (07-344 0044)

3

Natacha Atlas Tue

Following the fabulous reception which greeted her show at the Improv, Atlas gets a larger venue to show off her entrancing blend of dance-conscious Arabic fusion. Shepherds Bush Empire, W2 (07-77 2000)

4

Sebadoh tonight

Enjoying their greatest bout of UK success to date, Lou Barlow's freeform pop-rock trio continues to win over crowds. Wulfren Hall, Wolverhampton (0902 32029)

5

Violent Femmes Wed

A rare British date for the Milwaukee trio whose minimalist punky guitars were in vogue in the early Eighties, and who still draw a dedicated following.

Forum, NW5 (07-344 0044)

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Psychic TV

Genesis P Orridge's night of music and spoken word.

Royal Festival Hall, SE (07-960 4242) tonight

Nightmares On Wax

Warp signings play their excellent Carboot Soul album.

Scala, N (07-833 2022) Wed

Nectarine No.9 + Secret Goldfish

Showcase for Glasgow's Creeping Bent label.

Water Rats, WC (07-284 0077) Wed

Add N To (X)

Experimental, yet pop-conscious, electronic sounds.

Fleece & Firkin, Bristol (07-929 9008) tomorrow

Afro Celt Sound System

A short, pre-festival-circuit tour for these fusionists.

Junction, Cambridge (0223 55) tomorrow; Trinity Hall, Bristol (07-929 9008) Thur

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