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
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)
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)
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)
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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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
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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) ThurReuse content