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If this year’s Coachella had an off day, it was Saturday. Of the festival’s three headliners, Saturday night top draw Jack White is probably the least exciting, though he’s still an electric presence with a deep catalog. The festival’s organizers seemed to sense this, booking White to play second-to-last on the big stage and throwing… More »

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

For Swans leader Michael Gira the act of making music is the act of perpetual reinvention. After The Seer, Gira and his band and several new collaborators return with the two-hour record To Be Kind. The project was partially funded through a crowdfunding venture: Supporters received everything from signed records and posters to — for… More »

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Swans Launch Handmade Live CD To Fund Current Lineup’s Final Album

Swans albums, with all their dark grandeur, can be expensive things to put together. And so frontman Michael Gira usually funds the albums’ recording sessio…
Tom Breihan | September 2, 2015 - 11:01 am
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Swans Prep Final Album With Current Lineup, To Be Crowdfunded By Live LP

In 2010, frontman Michael Gira assembled a new version of noise-rock old gods Swans. Since then, they've released three titanic and terrifying albums and played…
Tom Breihan | July 23, 2015 - 10:36 am
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Swans Share Live Videos, Plan To Record New Album In September

Swans don't typically share videos of their live performances, but two polished clips of the band just appeared on YouTube, performances of "A Little God…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | April 28, 2015 - 5:02 pm
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Watch Swans’ Thor Harris Explain His Major Depression In An Inspiring Short Documentary

The Mental Health Channel has a series called The Inside Story that profiles people who "reveal their mental health diagnoses and their paths to overcome…
Miles Bowe | August 21, 2014 - 12:17 pm
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Cold Specks – “Exit Plan” (Feat. Michael Gira) (Stereogum Premiere)

Back when we premiered the "Absisto" video, we mentioned that the new Cold Specks album Neuroplasticity features a couple songs with Swans leader Michael Gira.
Chris DeVille | August 15, 2014 - 10:28 am

Premature Evaluation: Swans To Be Kind

Have you ever heard voices? The sound of people echoing around in your head, unsettling you deeply, even when you know they're not real? I…
Tom Breihan | May 5, 2014 - 9:27 am
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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

There are times when it's easy to determine the 5 Best Songs Of The Week, and others when it gets a little tougher for u…
Stereogum | April 18, 2014 - 3:37 pm
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Swans – “Oxygen”

New York postpunk legends Swans gave us their thundering monster The Seer in 2012, and they're about to follow it up with the new album…
Tom Breihan | April 15, 2014 - 10:29 am
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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We're officially a week into spring, and in New York City, at least, it's actually almost starting to feel like it. Somehow, though, this week'…
Stereogum | March 28, 2014 - 2:55 pm
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Swans – “A Little God In My Hands”

The monstrous, long-running New York postpunk band Swans tore a hole in the universe with their last album, 2012's monolithic and unrelenting The Seer, and…
Tom Breihan | March 21, 2014 - 5:31 pm
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Swans Announce Double Album To Be Kind

Good news for those of us who like dark things: The reawakened postpunk demons Swans, who melted frontal lobes with their monolithic, death-dealing 2012 double…
Tom Breihan | January 27, 2014 - 9:58 am
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The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We're almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it's time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be.
Chris DeVille | December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am
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The Year In Unconventional Album Launches, From artRave to Indiegogo To SNL

The literary giant Alexis Krauss said it best: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. From big-budget campaigns to no-budget…
Chris DeVille | December 20, 2013 - 10:21 am
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10 Artists Who Broke Free In 2013

This post is presented by Virgin Mobile who encourage you to #BreakFree.
Stereogum | December 11, 2013 - 4:33 pm
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Swans Crowdfund New Album, Will Write Song Praising You For $500

Michael Gira has a habit of posting very entertaining things on Facebook, his one real use of social media. Today he posted the link and…
Miles Bowe | October 14, 2013 - 12:24 pm
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Swans, Chelsea Wolfe @ Warsaw, Brooklyn 6/13/13

Michael Gira prefers to call the version of Swans that emerged in early 2010 a reconstitution rather than a reunion. It is easy to see…
Doug Moore | June 14, 2013 - 4:26 pm
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Q&A: Swans Leader Michael Gira On Aging, Social Networking, And Life After The Seer

Swans founder Michael Gira isn't afraid to let songs wander around the half-hour mark. In conversation, on the other hand, he is relentlessly punctual. Perha…
Justin M. Norton | March 12, 2013 - 11:27 am
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