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SWANS, A Hawk and a Hacksaw

When: Sun., Oct. 14, 9 p.m. 2012

Swans were a mighty and multifaceted band that grew from the ugly din of early '80s New York into, by the end of the decade, an aggressive, transgressive force of tumult and darkness. Between 1996 and 2010, they were silent as their founder and force, Michael Gira, explored new maneuvers in Angels of Light and life as a record label head. When Gira rolled the band's stone away after nearly 15 years, the resurrection proved that the spirit and sounds of original Swans—sustained blasts, roiling beneath explorations of human depravity and beastliness—hadn't subsided in the least. But the band's excellent first album back, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, proved mostly a prelude for this year's The Seer, a two-hour journey through brutality that eventually breaks open like thick storm clouds hiding the generous sun. Gira has always been at his best when he's been unbridled, pursuing his passion of the moment to its terminus; The Seer, one of the most invigorating and urgent records in his lifetime of them, is a sound, set free. With A Hawk and a Hacksaw. —Grayson Currin

Price: $18-22

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