Concert Reviews

Swans at the Gothic Theatre, with Xiu Xiu, 9/24/12


"I know it's a Monday night. Can you tolerate one more?" Michael Gira asked the crowd more than two hours into the show. It wasn't really even a question because Gira already knew the answer. Swans then played its final song: the sprawling, apocalypse-eclipsing "The Apostate." Starting out with a slow pace and pedal-steel shimmer, the song took ominous and decisive steps up a teetering mountain of sound.

See also: - Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu on non-Western sounds and his affinity for Suicide (the band) - Michael Gira of Swans on the new album and his time as a bassist

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.