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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 effort that SPIN described thusly: “as all-consuming a ritual as rock music is capable of giving us, and also as viscerally, joyously life-affirming.” To see what that ritual looks like onstage, click through the photos above.