Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Selection Reminder: No-wave vets Swans tonight at the Social!

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Photo by Owen Swenson
  • Photo by Owen Swenson

Tuesday, September 13Swans

SWANS ARE NOT DEAD. That’s the message that appeared on the legendary New York no-wave veterans’ MySpace page beginning sometime last year, and it appears that for possibly the first time in quite awhile, something on MySpace proved accurate. Although Jarboe-less, Michael Gira and the gang released their first album in 13 years, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, last year, an album as punishing as the group’s early-’80s work, but as lovely as Gira’s Angels of Light era. Now, it seems Swans are not only alive and well, but awfully productive – the band went into the studio this summer in Germany to lay down several tracks written and produced by Gira – some, they promise, are more than 30 minutes long. Their set list, therefore, usually sits at a “comfortable” two and a half hours, so find a couch and park it. After all, Gira’s approaching 60 and you ain’t getting any younger, either. – Justin Strout (with Sir Richard Bishop; 7 p.m. at the Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.; $17-$20; 407-246-1419;

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