Pick of the week: Rock and pop

The Chemical Brothers | REM | The Breeders | Serj Tankian | Ash

The Chemical Brothers
Olympia, W14
Saturday 30
The Brothers, assuredly are gonna work it out. Now pushing a comprehensive best-of collection, Tom and Ed party like it's 1998.

REM
Twickenham Stadium, TW1
Saturday 30
Michael Stipe and band enjoy the re-invigoration prompted by new album Accelerate. Feisty threechord rock sits alongside acknowledged classics.

The Breeders
Rough Trade East, E1, Tuesday 2 Sept;
Shepherd's Bush Empire, W12, Wednesday 3 Sept
Kim and Kelley Deal — the latter now touting a book of rock-themed knitting patterns — present the quietly interesting sounds of new LP Mountain Battles.

Serj Tankian
Forum, NW5
Wednesday 3 Sept
The System Of A Down man presents a smart beard and tidy, politically conscious nu metal from nu album Elect The Dead.

Ash
Roundhouse, NW1
Friday 5 Sept
Everybody else is doing it, why not them? Tim Wheeler and his trio reconvene to play their popular album 1977.

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