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Swans and Wooden Wand 

When: Sun., Feb. 27, 8 p.m. 2011
It's been a long time coming, but the decade-plus wait has been worth it. Swans, the legendary masters of noir, released My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, one of the 2010's coolest, creepiest records, not to mention one of the strongest comeback albums any band has ever done. My Father... is a testament to the band's power and energy, clamoring with heavy percussive accents, doomsayer riffs from a world beyond, and Michael Gira's damning lyrical imagery. Few things could force a man to face and fight his innermost demons and beat them down to a pulp, but Gira's words are one of those things, and his band's music acts as the foot soldiers who will ultimately bury all known evils that stand in the way, deep in the ground. His troubled troubadour bleakness as Angels of Light has tided Swans fans over for the last decade, but now it's time for his punishing, desperado, post-punk band to take us down that fateful path with him. TRAVIS RITTER

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