Monday, May 12 2014
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
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
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 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
To paraphrase Frank Zappa, rock isn’t dead. It just smells funny.
Sunday, May 11 2014
To Be Kind is a punishing exploration of rhythm and groove as only Swans can do it.
Wednesday, April 10 2013
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
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
Michael Gira's legendary Swans return from over a decade of silence to create a heart-stopping album of sin, death, hope, and reclamation.
Wednesday, May 14 2014
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
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.