Michael Gira

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    June 27, 2014

    Swans' Sensory Overload Even Blew Out Michael Gira's Amp at Trees

    It sounds like cathedral music at first. Then, like modern classical. A drone of swinging chimes and rumbling gong is Swans' overture. Each tone is so exactly measured that, initially, it sounds like stock music pouring forth from the venue speakers. Look closely though, there to the back-left of th ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    Michael Gira of Swans: "Playing Live is as Close as I Get to God"

    Every photo of Michael Gira shares a set series of features: a stern grimace, a stoic, crag-like rigidity and a fiercely penetrating gaze -- a look that tunnels straight to your instincts, sets your nerves on edge. Even when a hint of a smile cracks its way across his face, the effect is chilling: a ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    The Twelve Scariest Bands

    Seeing that Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson hit the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie this evening, we thought it would be a good time to compile a list of the scariest acts in music. Scary can be a relative term. One person's demented can be another's delightful, but each of these 12 scary acts has ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    My First Show: Best of 2012 Edition

    We decided to check back in with some of the people we interviewed this year for My First Show, and ask about favorite concerts, records, and most-wanted Christmas gifts. Bad Design's Steven Altuna takes the cake for best answer for a Christmas wish. What was the best show you saw this year? Evan ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    Swans at Trees

    Sunday, September 16, at Trees

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    September 13, 2012

    Swans' Michael Gira: "My Job As An Entertainer Is To Surprise People, Not Be Some Karaoke Act"

    There are few bands that can maintain an uncompromising sound and still have a shelf life. Rising from the sordid bowels of New York's post-no wave scene, Swans, helmed by Michael Gira, have proven to be the glaring exception, creating music on their own terms, on and off, for over 30 years. They ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011
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    December 21, 2011

    My First Show: 2011 Edition

    Mike BrooksScratch Acid at Trees​ Since this Sunday is Christmas, we decided to do something a little different with this week's edition of My First Show. Checking back in with a number of the people we interviewed this year, we wanted their takes on the best shows they saw, and to also get a ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Over The Weekend: Swans at South Side Music Hall

    SwansSouth Side Music HallFebruary 19, 2011Better than: a stirring live reading of The Ugly Duckling.Owen SwensonSwans​ Considering that its name conjures images of immense, flowing beauty, seminal New York City No Wave outfit Swans sure makes some ugly music. And painstakingly ugly music at that. ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Giveaway: Five Pairs of Tickets to See Swans at South Side Music Hall Tomorrow Night

    Swans​A year ago, Michael Gira, band leader of industrial and experimental rock outfit Swans, announced on his band's Myspace page that, after a 13-year hiatus, "Swans are not dead." And he wasn't just spitting game: The band reunited and released their first studio recorded album since 1996 in 20 ... More >>

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    August 9, 2007


    Things you may have missed the first time

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    January 19, 2006

    Akron/Family, Mi and L´au, Shearwater

    Tuesday, January 24, at Andy's Basement Bar & Grill, Denton

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    April 17, 2003
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    January 18, 2001

    Scene, Heard

    A flood of inaugural party invites hits our mailbox

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    January 2, 1997

    You've got to hide your love away

    Hard Night's Day to continue despite departure of founding member