Music: Swans

Swans, frontman Michael Gira’s long-running musical outfit founded in the midst of New York City’s early-’80s No Wave scene, seems to be in a good place these days. And for a band notorious for

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Swans, frontman Michael Gira’s long-running musical outfit founded in the midst of New York City’s early-’80s No Wave scene, seems to be in a good place these days. And for a band notorious for its creative tensions and ever-shifting lineups, that’s saying something.

After more than a dozen years of inactivity, Gira reconvened Swans — now a sextet that includes longtime guitarist Norman Westberg — in 2010, dropping the well-received studio album My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky by year’s end via Young God Records, which has put out everything Gira’s done since he founded the indie label 23 years ago. Extensive touring followed, culminating in 2012’s special-edition double live album We Rose from Your Bed with the Sun in Our Head, the proceeds from which would help fund the band’s next studio effort. 

Swans play the Southgate House Revival Tuesday 
(July 23) with Pharmakon. 
Tickets: southgatehouse.com.

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