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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’s… 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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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. Perhaps…
Justin M. Norton | March 12, 2013 - 11:27 am

Swans, Devendra Banhart @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 2/7/13

Swans played a sold out show last night at Brooklyn's Music Hall Of Williamsburg, making up for a performance postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. Michael…
Stereogum | February 8, 2013 - 10:48 am

Swans Albums From Worst To Best

It started in the sewer. Ugliness embodied. Noise like you’d never heard. The bellowing drawl of an unhinged slave driver, spitting abuse and mantras of…
Aaron Lariviere | November 9, 2012 - 1:42 pm

Swans – “The Apostate” Live Video

Swans' behemoth double-LP The Seer is a pretty safe bet to be included in most year-end top 10s, and the album hits its apex at…
Michael Nelson | October 19, 2012 - 2:28 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The music-video universe took a bit of a week off this week; Labor Day, I guess, will do that. But there was still plenty of…
Tom Breihan | September 7, 2012 - 10:23 am

Swans – “No Words/No Thoughts” Video

If Swans' two-hour monolithic masterpiece The Seer isn't quite huge enough for you, the deluxe edition of the album comes with a DVD that includes…
Tom Breihan | September 6, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: August 2012

Summer is ending! And you have some work to do. Did you experience that season-defining moment? That rooftop conversation, that carefree weekend of intense interpersonal…
Amrit Singh | August 29, 2012 - 10:31 am

Album Of The Week: Swans The Seer

As a music dork, two of the most transcendent, quasi-religious experiences you can have are going to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Neurosis live.
Tom Breihan | August 28, 2012 - 3:01 pm

Stream Swans The Seer

For obvious reasons, Animal Collective is getting a lot of attention this morning, but Centipede Hz is not the only important new album streaming online…
Tom Breihan | August 20, 2012 - 9:35 am

Swans – “Mother Of The World”

Later this month, reconstituted violent-postpunk boundary-smashers Swans will release The Seer, their absolute monster of a double album. We've already heard a 10-minute edit of…
Tom Breihan | August 15, 2012 - 9:41 am

Swans – “The Apostate”

The Seer, the new album from reconstituted NY postpunk drone-gods Swans, is a masterpiece of insane heaviness: 10 songs spread out over two hours, full…
Tom Breihan | July 25, 2012 - 3:24 pm

Swans The Seer Details

New York primal-noise pioneers Swans might not have the same lineup as they did when they were making audience members puke with how loud they…
Tom Breihan | May 29, 2012 - 4:43 pm

ATP NJ 2011 Saturday: Portishead Pack Asbury Park Convention Hall

Jeff Mangum has justifiably been getting the lion's share of the attention surrounding the I'll Be Your Mirror festival; when a reclusive indie god comes…
Stereogum | October 2, 2011 - 2:17 pm

Swans Recording New Album, Preparing Live Record

You rarely see older bands come back with such force, but the reactivated Swans' My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
brandon | July 15, 2011 - 12:36 pm

Swans Announce Additional 2011 Tour Dates

As we've heard from places like The New Yorker, NYTimes, and everywhere in between, the reactivated Swans are a powerhouse and a near religious live…
brandon | October 29, 2010 - 5:23 pm

Swans – “Eden Prison” (Stereogum Premiere)

Swans' My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky finds Michael Gira seamlessly shifting from Angels Of Light mode to the heavier,…
brandon | July 30, 2010 - 9:55 am

Swans My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky Album Info

As previously reported, Michael Gira has "re-activated" Swans for their first U.S. shows in more than a decade. (Full disclosure: I'm helping put on one
brandon | June 21, 2010 - 3:51 pm

Swans To Play Brooklyn Masonic Temple

In January I posted about Swans' plans to reform, record, and tour. At the time, I had no idea I'd be helping to organize their…
brandon | May 10, 2010 - 2:54 pm

Swans Reforming, Touring, Recording

As the post title over at MySpace reads "COMING SOON, NEW SWANS ALBUM AND TOUR(S)." And as close readers will also note, the seminal noise-rock…
brandon | January 11, 2010 - 1:57 pm
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