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Monday, May 12 2014

The Knife and the Blood That Ensues: An Interview with Swans

PopMatters speaks with Swans frontman Michael Gira about the band's "joyous" new double LP, To Be Kind, covering everything from its undulating rhythms to its original titillating cover art.


Thursday, May 1 2014

Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for May 2014

Get the early word on highly anticipated albums from tUnE-yArDs, Swans, and Owen Pallett, along with a comprehensive list of May's new releases.


Wednesday, December 19 2012

Caution: Now Entering a Headphone Zone - The Year in Atmospheric Music

However you define atmospheric music, the albums on this list make a powerfully impressionistic impression. Just don’t expect to find warmth or love in them.


Sunday, December 16 2012

The Best New Artists of 2012

The best new artists of 2012 have remade R&B for the new century, pushed eclectic art-rock in new directions, and kept indie rock and hip-hop strong.


Thursday, December 13 2012

The Best Noise-Rock of 2012

To paraphrase Frank Zappa, rock isn’t dead. It just smells funny.


Reviews

Sunday, May 11 2014

Swans: To Be Kind

To Be Kind is a punishing exploration of rhythm and groove as only Swans can do it.


Wednesday, April 10 2013

Swans: 2 April 2013 - Brighton, UK

In the three years since they reformed, Swans have developed into arguably the best band in the world. This gig on the south coast of the UK found them in devastating form.


Monday, August 27 2012

Swans: The Seer / We Rose From Your Bed With the Sun in Our Head

The Seer -- like its live companion We Rose From Your Bed With the Sun in Our Head -- is meant to overwhelm. Somewhere in its utter hugeness it breaks down barriers between listener and music, between sound and reaction to that sound.


Monday, September 27 2010

Swans: My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky

Michael Gira's legendary Swans return from over a decade of silence to create a heart-stopping album of sin, death, hope, and reclamation.


Blogs

Wednesday, May 14 2014

The Seer Guides Us to Be Kind: Ten Great Songs by Swans 2.0

Following their "reconstitution", Swans have put out three albums since 2010. PopMatters examines the best material the innovative rock band has put out during that time.


Thursday, October 3 2013

The Transcendant Power of Extreme Music

Genres like metal can be experienced as a cleansing agent, removed of anger, sadness, pleasure, and bereft of space and origin. Momentarily, you are negated, a joyous flipside to nihilism.


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