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30 Essential Noise Rock Tracks

Grind. Skronk. Pigfuck. Seemingly every word associated with noise rock sounds incredibly unflattering out of context, and even in context doesn't fare much better. Before…
Jeff Terich | November 28, 2018 - 12:01 pm

Concert Review

The 8 Best Moments Of Coachella 2015 Saturday

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…
Tom Breihan | April 12, 2015 - 1:27 pm


The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

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…
Stereogum | December 2, 2014 - 9:39 am

More Swans stories

Bill Rieflin, Drummer For Ministry, R.E.M., & King Crimson, Dead At 59

Bill Rieflin, a Seattle-based drummer with an impressive list of associations, has died of cancer. Rieflin's King Crimson bandmate Robert Fripp shared the news in…
Chris DeVille | March 24, 2020 - 9:18 pm

Watch Swans Play A New Song “The Man Who Refused To Be Unhappy”

Before releasing the heaving new double album The Glowing Man this past spring, Michael Gira, frontman of the elemental New York postpunk/industrial institution Swans, said…
Tom Breihan | October 10, 2016 - 10:27 am

Swans – “When Will I Return”

The current version of Swans will release their final album next month, and we've already heard its title track "The Glowing Man." This new single,…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | May 27, 2016 - 11:19 am

Swans – “The Glowing Man”

Since Michael Gira put together a new version of Swans, his hugely important transgressive postpunk/industrial band, in 2010, he's turned that new version of the…
Tom Breihan | April 5, 2016 - 11:04 am

Swans’ Michael Gira Cancels Australian Solo Dates

Swans frontman Michael Gira was scheduled to play three shows in Australia this month beginning Saturday in Brisbane. Pitchfork reports that those dates are now…
Chris DeVille | February 29, 2016 - 4:29 pm

Swans’ Michael Gira Details “Consensual Romantic Moment” With Rape Accuser

On Thursday night, singer-songwriter Larkin Grimm posted a message to Facebook accusing Swans frontman Michael Gira of raping her during the recording sessions for her…
Chris DeVille | February 26, 2016 - 8:34 pm

Larkin Grimm Accuses Swans’ Michael Gira Of Rape

Singer-songwriter Larkin Grimm has accused Swans' Michael Gira, who produced her 2008 album Parplar and released it on his Young God record label, of rape…
Peter Helman | February 25, 2016 - 9:51 pm

Swans Detail “Epic” Final Album Out This June

Michael Gira detailed Swans' forthcoming final full-length in a recent interview with Mojo. The legendary group's last full-length, To Be Kind, made it into the…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | February 23, 2016 - 1:18 pm

Members Of The Hold Steady, Guided By Voices, Swans, Autre Ne Veut, & More Forming New Bands For Brooklyn Rock Lottery

The Brooklyn iteration of the Rock Lottery is returning for the sixth time this year, with everything is going down next month on 12/12 at…
James Rettig | November 25, 2015 - 11:23 am

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 sessions…
Tom Breihan | September 2, 2015 - 11:01 am

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

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


The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

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…
Stereogum | December 2, 2014 - 9:39 am
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