Posted in music | pictures on May 19, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Swans @ Bowery Ballroom - 5/18/14
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The almighty Swans brought their current tour to their hometown of NYC last night (5/18) for a stop at Bowery Ballroom, their first of two sold out shows here. The shows are in support of their massive, intense new album To Be Kind, and much like how Swans played a lot of that album on The Seer tour, Michael Gira & co. are already unleashing new songs on this one, "Frankie M" and "Don't Go." Opening the show was Norwegian art pop musician Jenny Hval, whose music is much quieter than Swans but was still a great fit (and the crowd treated her with respect). Pictures of the show are in this post.

Swans and Jenny do it again at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (5/19), which is sold out.

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Comments (26)

The world is hard and life is so unfair. MOMMYYYYYY!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 10:39 AM

Setlist plz

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 10:43 AM

So awesome. So real. Michael Gira, he's cool.

Posted by An 8th grader named Myron | May 19, 2014 10:47 AM

The Little Prince threw a tantrum again?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 10:55 AM

If you haven't yet figured out that the tantrums are part of the act, well I don't know what to say.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 10:59 AM

I'm confused. Is it Swans or Parquet Courts that are supposed to be the coolest band ever? I need an answer, lest I look like a dork in front of my friends.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 11:30 AM

when did he throw a tantrum last night? i didnt see it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 11:36 AM

if you consider him yelling "NOT YET/NOW" during a song to get the timing right a tanrtum then go ahead, but i havent seen Gira throw a tantrum in a while.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 11:38 AM

11:36 I grabbed it on my iPhone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-t3vHYBnmE

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 11:39 AM

jenny hval guitar player with a snapback fuck yeah now button that shirt all the way up so I can diiiiiiiiiiiig you guys!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 11:46 AM

Setlist: One song from the first 13 albums and two hours of noise they wrote the weekend before with Karen O. Integrity!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 12:08 PM

Safe to say that Gira is a fruitcake, true?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 12:15 PM

@11:38 - he was talking to the sound guy, who was going to switch the cables, because gira kept getting shocked by his mic.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 1:26 PM

^ Yep. It didn't really seem like a "tantrum" either; more like just some complaining (and if you're getting shocks from a microphone, then complaining is justified).

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 1:35 PM

Same thing with the shocking mic happened when they played the Bowery in 2012.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 1:53 PM

Is that Dr. House on the drums?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 2:01 PM

Setlist:

Frankie M
A Little God in My Hands
Oxygen (slow version)
Don't Go
The Apostate
Bring the Sun / Black Hole Man

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 2:02 PM

Most post city stuff revolves around a search for city cred via odd bandz showz.

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | May 19, 2014 2:08 PM

This must be what jail is really like

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 2:37 PM

THOR NO MAKE BOOM WITH MIGHTY HAMMER?!~??!?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 3:46 PM

THOR LIKE CANDY!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 4:21 PM

Look at those pics - Swans core fan base is that key 15-24 demographic. Maybe they should also sell colored gummi bracelets at their merch table.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 9:44 PM

I used to date a girl named Jen Hval. How many chicks are floating around out there with this name, anyway??

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 11:40 PM

..including yr mom ?
stop being so boring you all anonymous

Posted by josip | May 20, 2014 6:58 AM

^ THOR NO LIKE MEAN JERK. THOR MAKE ANVIL OUT OF MEAN JERK CRANIUM. KABONG!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2014 8:51 AM

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