Michael Gira

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Live Review, 9/10/12: Swans Reclaim No Wave from Hipsters at Regency Ballroom

    Swans Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 Regency Ballroom You should know one thing in advance: A Swans show is not designed for your passive entertainment. In fact, it's less a concert than it is an endurance rally. They'd rather pummel you than please you -- and may the gods help you if you forgot your earpl ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    Kickstarter: Six Ways Artists Should NOT Use the Crowdfunding Site

    For nascent musicians, Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sites have risen to unprecedented popularity. A vast array of projects are outlined, perhaps accompanied by a video, and anonymous, philanthropically minded individuals dish out varying amounts of cash for inventive rewards furnished by the r ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    Michael Gira on Performing Solo and the Time He Wanted to Murder Some Hipsters

    Since reestablishing Swans in 2010 with the release of My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky, Michael Gira has been exploring a stylistic middle ground between the sonic abrasiveness of early Swans recordings and his acoustic-based, crypto-folk collective, Angels of Light. There is a tendency ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011
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    January 21, 2011

    Phantom Kicks and Holy Spirits Haunt Milk Bar

    Phantom Kicks. Get it?​Phantom KicksHoly SpiritsMutual BenefitSteffalooJanuary 20, 2011@ Milk Better than: Attending a sermon about the Father, the Daughter, and the Holy Sneakers Holy Spirits​What kind of chutzpah does it take to name your band Holy Spirits? A deeply solemn kind, if Aaron Hodg ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    'If You Fart, Claim It': Helpful Advice For Touring Musicians

    ​Contrary to popular belief, touring with a band is often difficult, uncomfortable, unglamorous work. It can be fun as hell, but the endless cycles of late nights, crappy food, long car rides, and confinement with the same few sweaty people for a long time take their toll on even the most stoked m ... More >>

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    April 10, 2009

    Track of the Day: Ben Frost

    Too many artists try to get heavy and instrumental and end up sounding like tepid shoegazers trying to hide under mountains of effects. Ben Frost is an Icelandic electronic composer whose music is beautifully chilling and mournfully dark, like the soundtrack for a great, cathartic drama where things ... More >>

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    March 4, 2009
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    January 18, 2008

    Concert Review : Devendra Banhart At SF MOMA

    by Oscar Medina Modern folk luminary Devendra Banhart descended on the SF Moma last night with a musical performance to celebrate the opening of his joint art exhibit with Paul Klee. Devendra's rise to fame is an unusual one; a young SF art student lives off of pennies, the sympathetic couches of f ... More >>

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    October 10, 2007
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    April 27, 2005

    Angels of Light

    The Angels of Light Sing Other People

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    April 9, 2003

    House of Tudor

    An ex-Swans singer, Robot Wars redux, a Jewish Iraqi oud player, and the Hebrew influence

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    January 8, 2003

    Man of La Mantra

    The psychedelic folk of wandering minstrel Devendra Banhart

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    February 7, 2001

    Ulan Bator

    Ego: Echo (Young God)

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    January 5, 2000

    Sheer Ambition

    With SeeThru Broadcasting, Dave Sardy and Kevin Wortis envision a new kind of indie label: one that's passionate about music and well-financed

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    June 16, 1999
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    August 26, 1998
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    February 25, 1998
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    December 31, 1997

    Words + Guitar (+ Beats + Skronk)

    What mattered and what splattered in pop, 1997

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    January 22, 1997
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    August 9, 1995
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    July 5, 1995
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