Experimental & Avant-Garde


When: Thu., Sept. 25, 9 p.m. 2008

One way to deal with an abomination is to poke fun at it, to strip it of its power by highlighting its foolishness and absurdities. The targets of Laibach, an electronic combo/collective from Slovenia, are fascism and nationalism. Founded in 1979, it employs symbolism (uniforms, concerts as political rallies) derived from European fascism's most fractious folly, Nazism, and the unforgiving machine-like grind of industrial music's first wave (Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire). Over time, Laibach has modified its confrontational approach without sacrificing its satirical edge. Its latest disc, Volk, is a collection of assorted national anthems, including those of the USA, Germany, France, Japan, and Israel, re-made and re-modeled with caustic irony, genuinely pretty melodies, and, yes, those mechanical/militaristic rhythms. Laibach is touring the US for the first time since 2004 and performs Thursday, September 25 at the Independent (628 Divisadero St., San Francisco). 9 p.m., $30. TheIndependentSF.com.

Mark Keresman

Price: $30