ROCK & POP CHOICE

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THIS WEEK

BLONDIE

Wembley Arena (0181 900 1234) tonight; Cardiff Arena (01222 224488) Tues; Bournemouth International Centre (01202 456456) Wed; London Arena (0171 538 1212) Sat; and touring

The band are more grey than blonde these days, but the hits are evergreen.

GORKY'S ZYGOTIC MYNCI

Whelan, Dublin (00 353 1 456 9569) Wed; Hop & Grape, Manchester (0161 832 1111) Thurs; Leadmill, Sheffield (0114 275 4500) Sat; and touring

The whimsical Welsh mavericks tour their inappropriately titled new album Spanish Dance Troupe.

FLAMING LIPS

London Forum, NW5 (0171 344 0044) Wed; Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton (01902 312030) Thurs; Bristol Uni (0117 929 9008) Fri; Rock City, Nottingham (0115 9412544) Sat; and touring

Utterly loopy Oklahoma trio, whose latest experimental opus Soft Bulletin has been a critics' favourite. NB

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