Swans

Review: Swans’ Actual Swan Song Is a Cloud of Unknowing on ‘The Glowing Man’

It had to end eventually. Six years after Michael Gira resurrected his pivotal drone outfit Swans in 2010, the time has come to lay them…
Zoe Camp / June 21, 2016

Stream Swans’ New Album ‘The Glowing Man’

After sharing the title track and "When Will I Return," Swans have returned with their 14th studio album The Glowing Man. It is the fourth album since…
Brian Josephs / June 17, 2016

Swans Drop ‘When Will I Return’ Ahead of ‘The Glowing Man’ Release

Michael Gira's Swans will release their new album The Glowing Man on June 17 — the title track is already available, as is a bit of "Cloud…
Brennan Carley / May 27, 2016

Swans Share a Clip of ‘Cloud of Unknowing’ From Forthcoming Album ‘The Glowing Man’

In lieu of a conventional single, Swans have shared a two-minute excerpt of "Cloud of Unknowing," a new song from the doom-rock experimenters' upcoming album, The Glowing…
Anna Gaca / April 26, 2016

Swans Share Brief But Raging Single, ‘The Glowing Man’

Michael Gira and his Swans family have been prepping a follow-up release to 2014's To Be Kind, and now we get the title track to their…
Rachel Brodsky / April 5, 2016

Heroes Are Gang Leaders’ Margaret Morris Challenges Larkin Grimm’s Rape Allegations

Margaret Morris, a member of Larkin Grimm's former band Heroes Are Gang Leaders, has challenged Grimm's sexual harassment allegations against fellow band member Thomas Sayers Ellis. "Grimm’s…
Anna Gaca / March 4, 2016

Swans’ Michael Gira Releases New Statement on Rape Allegations, Larkin Grimm Responds

Update: Larkin Grimm has responded to Michael Gira's statement. "This is a perfect example of why we need to have education about consent," she writes. "Unfortunately,…
James Grebey / February 27, 2016

Michael Gira of Swans Accused by Singer/Songwriter Larkin Grimm of Rape and Harassment

Update: Michael Gira has responded to Grimm's accusations. Posting to his own Facebook account, he called her account a "slanderous lie" and shared a statement…
Andrew Unterberger / February 25, 2016

The 50 Best Rock Bands Right Now

A list celebrating rock bands in 2015? We don't see why not. Rock isn't at the center of the musical universe anymore, sure — maybe…
SPIN Staff / October 16, 2015

Swans Are Selling Handpainted Live Album to Fund This Lineup’s Final LP

Swans announced in July that their next album would be their last with the current lineup and that they'd be releasing a new live album…
Colin Joyce / September 2, 2015

Swans to Release Live Album, ‘The Gate’

Last night, Swans frontman Michael Gira wrote on Facebook that they plan to release a live album called The Gate. He wrote that the follow-up to…
Rachel Brodsky / July 23, 2015

Coachella 2015: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

Coachella's eventful first weekend has come to a close. SPIN was there recapping the festival for everyone who couldn't make it to the California desert, and…
SPIN Staff / April 13, 2015

Coachella 2015 Day Two: FKA Twigs’ Acrobatics, Tyler, the Creator’s Jabs, and More

Thirteen-year Coachella veteran Chris Martins and trusty photographer Wilson Lee hit the Southern California desert to document Coachella 2015. Day Two begins...
Chris Martins / April 12, 2015

The 50 Best Albums of 2014

With the Salad Days of 2014 long gone, we're looking back on the music that defined the past 12 months. We've already counted down the…
SPIN Staff / December 9, 2014

The 101 Best Songs of 2014

It's been as wide-open a race for our favorite songs of the year as any 12-month period we can remember; without one specific artist or…
SPIN Staff / December 8, 2014

Play a Video Game Inspired by Sonic Youth, Swans, Other ‘No Wave’ Bands

Though the members of Sonic Youth, Swans, and The Birthday Party are all still around making music under various guises, they're all pretty far removed…
Colin Joyce / May 25, 2014

Swans Hold Court, Preach ‘To Be Kind’ at Bowery Ballroom

Swans rained their terror down on New York City's Bowery Ballroom last night, on behalf of their Essential new album, To Be Kind, a colossal…
SPIN Staff / May 19, 2014

Swans’ ‘To Be Kind’ Is a Monolithic Orgy of Blood, Guts, and…Love

It will come as no surprise to learn that one of the most frequently used words on Swans' new album is "no." Michael Gira has…
Philip Sherburne / May 12, 2014

10 Albums to Stream: the Black Keys, Swans, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and More

Another week nears its close, and with it comes a new roundup of album streams. Follow the links below to hear new records by the…
Kyle McGovern / May 8, 2014

Swans Stream Full, Totemic ‘To Be Kind’ Album

It became clear sometime around the release of the first seven-minute single from Swans' new album To Be Kind that Michael Gira and co. were…
Colin Joyce / May 5, 2014
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