Michael Gira

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    August 8, 2014

    7 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Weekend

    Don't be fooled by the naysayers. Those who say Phoenix doesn't have live music options in the summer are either lying or basing their statements off of the dark days before engineers mastered central air conditioning. There's enough music going on this weekend to keep Bomont barn-dancing for years. ... More >>

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    August 7, 2014

    W David Oliphant and Sir Richard Bishop Team Up for Experimental Music Performance

    Believe it or not, Phoenix has a storied history of experimentalism. For Sir Richard Bishop (co-founder of the legendary Sun City Girls) and W David Oliphant, that history began in 1981, when Bishop saw Oliphant and immediately considered him to be "the leading exponent" of that scene. Fast-forward ... More >>

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    August 7, 2014

    25 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix in August

    We're officially hip deep into the time of year that's officially know as the dog days of summer, which -- if you're not familiar with the term -- refers to the most sweltering period of the season. But while the weather might be keeping your ass glued to the couch, it's not stopping chart-topping ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    10 Best Things I Heard in 2012

    So long, 2012. You were a weird, uncomfortable, and scary year. You were also wonderful, at times so unbearably wonderful that I thought my brain was going to explode as I struggled to wrap my head around your pure, blindingly bright joy. You had all the things a monumental year should: elections, ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart : "Gnarly and Deep"

    See also: Swans' Michael Gira Returns With The Seer See also: Xiu Xiu: Dear God, I Hate Myself See also: Xiu Xiu and the Top Anthems of Self-LoathingThe cover Xiu Xiu's ninth studio album, Always, is a tight close-up shot of the band's name and the album title tattooed on someone's bare flesh. For t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Swans' Michael Gira Returns With The Seer

    See also: Swans Reboot Sinister Grandeur with The SeerSwans frontman Michael Gira is an underappreciated impresario. He led one of the most pioneering acts of the early '80s until their initial dissolution in 1997. Their early grim, repetitive throb had the same menacing quality as the factory in Da ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012
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    January 10, 2012

    Larkin Grimm Discusses Tony Visconti, Michael Gira, and Soul Retrieval

    Larkin Grimm's infant son Otis is already more rock 'n' roll than you. From the safety of his car seat, the four-month-old interjected a couple times during my interview with Grimm. Larkin and Otis are on tour, headed in her Prius to Albuquerque, New Mexico for another gig. "I'm playing a lot of ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    Seven Extraordinarily LOUD Live Bands (and Jucifer)

    ​There's something about LOUDNESS that's deeply appealing to fans of rock 'n' roll, especially when it comes to a live performance. The visceral shock, the days of tinnitus... it all coheres into something that transcends a recording and delineates the difference between headphones at home and ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Swans: My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky

    Fourteen years can seem like a long time.Believe it or not, it's been that long since New York avant garde/no wave pioneers Swans released their last studio album, Soundtracks for the Blind. The band called it quits roughly a year later in 1997 with figurehead Michael Gira letting his countless othe ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008

    Larkin Grimm

    (Young God Records)

  • Music

    November 29, 2001

    Make Mine Swine

    Pigface celebrates a decade of detritus from the industrial underground