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Music, All Shook Down Swans' Michael Gira on Meeting Fans, Not Using Effects, and Directing a Band

Swans' Michael Gira on Meeting Fans, Not Using Effects, and Directing a Band

Last week, the album To Be Kind by the band Swans debuted at No. 37 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. It's a dense album -- layered, sprawling, and grandiose. Some might call the music difficult, which makes its…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 9/10/12: Swans Reclaim No Wave from Hipsters at Regency Ballroom

Live Review, 9/10/12: Swans Reclaim No Wave from Hipsters at Regency Ballroom

Swans Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 Regency Ballroom Better than: Going deaf naturally. You should know one thing in advance: A Swans show is not designed for your passive entertainment. In fact, it's less a concert than it is an endurance…
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Music, All Shook Down Michael Gira on Performing Solo and the Time He Wanted to Murder Some Hipsters

Michael Gira on Performing Solo and the Time He Wanted to Murder Some Hipsters

Since reestablishing Swans in 2010 with the release of My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, Michael Gira has been exploring a stylistic middle ground between the sonic abrasiveness of early Swans recordings and his…
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Music, Hear This Swans: Show Preview

Swans: Show Preview

When its rep as one of the world's loudest, most demanding bands finally grew too much to bear, Swans leader Michael Gira dissolved his cultish avant-rock group in the late 1990s to begin a kinder, gentler second career with Angels…
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Music, Hear This Jam in the Family

Jam in the Family

Akron/Family started under the wing of Swans frontman Michael Gira and ended up at the High Sierra festival, bridging the gap between art rock and jam-band indulgence. Along the way, the group lost a member to a Dharma center, but…
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Music, Reviewed Angels of Light

Angels of Light

The hazy, out-of-focus portraits gracing the cover packaging of the fourth studio CD from Angels of Light -- current project of former Swans frontman Michael Gira -- illustrate well the 12 tracks of cryptic narrative within. Reportedly inspired by specific…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

On Everything Is Good Here/ Please Come Home, the third studio album by the Angels of Light, singer Michael Gira seems purged at last of the Swans' 15 years of murky volatility. That's not to say that Gira's craggy baritone…
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Music, Man of La Mantra

Man of La Mantra

It's a bright, blustery December day in Santa Monica, and Devendra Banhart is sitting on the steps of the California Heritage Museum, a rustic building that houses historical artifacts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Surrounded by million-dollar…
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Music, Ulan Bator

Ulan Bator

For the French, it's not enough to love music; one must embrace it with the codependent disgust of a couple verging on a murder/suicide. The French avant-rock group Ulan Bator clearly loves the pop tradition in this way. Listening to…
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Hear This

Angels of Light While his countless post-punk contemporaries wallow in self-misery and miserable poetry, Michael Gira -- the former leader of avant-noise-droners Swans -- creates a ruptured synthesis of blues, folk, and rock with his new acoustic-based group. While the…
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Jarboe Anhedoniac (Self-Released) In the short time since the cathartic obliteration of Swans at the beginning of this year, each of the band's two principals has issued a solo album that illustrates the visceral tug of war within the group's…
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Mark Elf Trickynometry (Jen Bay Jazz) Mark Elf is one of those people who seem to think in music. Hiply articulate, the jazz guitarist, currently with the mainstream bebop Heath Brothers band, speaks with the accents and emphasis and enthusiasm…
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Dead and Buried

Swans, Windsor for the Derby Great American Music Hall Sunday, Jan. 12 Unsurprising, and heartwarming, was the conversation overheard in line at the Great American Music Hall. To paraphrase the unseen woman behind me, speaking of a friend: "And then…
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