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Meet Yoshimi. She’s a black belt in karate. She keeps in shape and takes her vitamins, because, well, it gets tough fighting giant androids bent on world domination.

The relativity of time, the finality of death and the drama of this Japanese lass going toe-to-toe with man-eating cyborgs constitute the themes of The Flaming Lips’ latest release, “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.” Part pop-epic, part sci-fi pulp, the Lips use choir loops, teeth-rattling beats and wavering synth wizardry in their followup to 1999’s much-lauded effort, “The Soft Bulletin.”

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