Experimental & Avant-Garde

KFJC presents Negativland

When: Sat., Dec. 29, 9 p.m. 2012

Best known for its cut-up tape collages, for getting sued by U2's label, and for its long-running KPFA radio show "Over the Edge" (started by band member Don Joyce in 1981), Negativland returned to playing live gigs this year after a long period of inactivity, appearing as Negativwobblyland at this year's San Francisco Electronic Music Festival. Its show on Saturday, Dec. 29, at The Uptown (1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) will feature members old and new, and should further its reputation beyond being a media prankster. Recent sets have involved homemade "Booper" devices invented by founding member David Willis (aka The Weatherman) back in 1975. Boopers are modified radios that generate feedback loops, making for an inherently improvised approach to making music -- albeit music in the noise vein. In addition to working in sound collage, Negativland also dabbles in visual collage, works of which were featured in an art show this summer in Los Angeles. Three decades after forming in Concord, Negativland is in the interesting position of becoming ensconced as an anti-establishment institution. 9 p.m., $15. UptownNightclub.com

George Chen

Price: $15

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