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Boomslang 2012: A closer look at the lineup

The Jesus and Mary Chain will help bring the festival to a close on Sunday.
The Jesus and Mary Chain will help bring the festival to a close on Sunday. Courtesy of Subpop Records

Here is a roundup of several featured acts performing for this year's Boomslang. Ticket prices listed are for those who do not have four-day passes, which include admission to all shows.

The Jesus and Mary Chain: Fronted by siblings Jim and William Reid, The Jesus and Mary Chain was inspired by the punk movement of the 1970s but formed at the height of reign of synth-pop in the early '80s. Evolving from industrial-tinged compositions to more streamlined pop works, the Reids split at the end of the '90s but re-formed the band in 2007. Boomslang marks the second appearance by The Jesus and Mary Chain at a University of Kentucky-affiliated event. It headlined a show in the Student Center ballroom in spring 1990 after the release of its album Automatic. (8:30 p.m. Sept. 23 with Gary War and Dinosaur Feathers. Buster's Billiards & Backroom. $25.)

Negativland: Formed in the San Francisco Bay Area near the close of the '70s, Negativland is a collective that has explored numerous avenues of pop and sound expression. Among its more fabled adventures was an album titled U2 that locked Negativland into an extended and well- documented legal feud over copyright infringement with a certain Irish band. Negativland has taken on all kinds of music, art and activism since then. Among its newer recordings is It's All in Your Head FM, an assemblage of sounds and speech samples compiled from its West Coast radio show, Over the Edge. (6 p.m. Sept. 23 with EnVaGe. Downtown Arts Center. $10.)

The Younger Lovers: A self-described "philandering" garage pop band from California that performs as part of the Saturday night, dance party-driven Queerslang segment of Boomslang. (10:30 p.m Sept. 22 with LE1F and Skeleton Head. Cosmic Charlie's. $15.)

St. Vitus: The longstanding and, to fanatics of the form, legendary Los Angeles doom-metal band headlines the metal-driven Doomslang portion of Boomslang. (8 p.m, Sept. 22 with Hive Mind, Merkaba, Weedeater and more. Buster's Billiards & Backroom. $25.)

São Paulo Underground: A mash up of free-jazz improvisation, electronica, Brazilian inspiration and more featuring cornetist Rob Mazurek, a veteran of several local Outside the Spotlight performances. (7 p.m. Sept. 22 with Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang. Artsplace. $10.)

Cloud Nothings: Indie rock outfit from Cleveland led by singer- songwriter Dylan Baldi; its sound shifts from assertive pop structures to lo-fi abrasions. (2 p.m. Sept. 22 with Girl in a Coma, Futurebirds and Sleeping Bag. Bar Lexington. $15.)

Xambuca: A performance collective from Asheville, N.C., that fuses electronics, samples, sitar, tabla, laptops, "waterphone," onstage projections and more. (11 p.m. Sept 21 with Oneohtrix Point Never. Land of Tomorrow Gallery. $5.)

Deerhoof: Acclaimed indie outfit formed 18 years ago in San Francisco that continues to tour internationally while collaborating with such varied artists as Yoko Ono, Wadada Leo Smith and The Roots' Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson (9 p.m Sept. 21 with Five Knives, The Apache Relay and Buke and Gase. Cosmic Charlie's. $15.)

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