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Swans playing US shows w/ Jenny Hval after Gira’s solo tour

Swans at Warsaw in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)

NYC experimental rock vets Swans have a new album featuring St. Vincent and others on the way titled To Be Kind (due 5/13 via Young God), and though we’re still waiting on a full tour, the band have just announced two hometown shows following Michael Gira’s solo tour. The NYC shows happen on May 18 at Bowery Ballroom and May 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Opening both of those shows is Norway’s Jenny Hval, who in addition to also having a song called “The Seer,” is sure to be an excellent prepper for Swans’ earth-shattering set. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (2/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/12) at noon. All currently known dates are listed below.

UPDATE: More dates announced, all of which are listed below.

In addition to the new Swans album, the band’s 1989 goth/baroque/folk album, Burning World (that Gira is not a fan of), is being reissued on vinyl via the 1972 label on March 4. You can pre-order it now via Midheaven.

All dates are listed, with a couple videos, below…

Swans – “To Be Kind” at Primavera Sound 2013

Jenny Hval – “Innocence Is Kinky”

Swans — 2014 Tour Dates
Wed. May 14 – Washington, DC – Black Cat %
Thurs. May 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer %
Sat. May 17 – Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub %
Sun. May 18 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom %
Mon. May 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg %
Thurs. May 22 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy 2 %
Fri. May 23 – Newcastle, UK @ Hoults Yard %
Sat. May 24 – Glasgow, UK @ The Arches %
Sun. May 25 – Aberdeen, UK @ The Lemon Tree %
Tues. May 27 – London, UK @ Brixton Electric %
Wed. May 28 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity Community Arts %
Thurs. May 29 – Reading, UK @ Sub89 %
Sat. May 31 – Birmingham, UK @ Supersonic Festival
Sun. June 1 – Leeds, UK @ Cockpit %
Mon. June 2 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2 %

% – w/ Jenny Hval

Michael Gira (solo) — 2014 Tour Dates
1 March – Lyon, FR @ Les Abattoirs
4 March – Porto, PT @ Passos Manuel
6 March – Madrid, ES @ El Sol
7 March – San Sebastian, ES @ Andia Kuxta
8 March – Barcelona, ES @ Sala Apolo
10 March – Paris, FR @ Église Saint-Merri Church
11 March – Amsterdam, NL @ MC Theater
12 March – London, UK @ Church of St John-at-Hackney
14 March – Copenhagen, DK @ Hofteatret
15 March – Oslo, NO @ Blå
16 March – Oslo, NO @ Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum Museum
18 March – Warsaw, PL @ Pardon, To Tu
19 March – Warsaw, PL @ Pardon, To Tu
21 March – St. Petersburg, RU @ Dada
22 March – Moscow, RU @ Teatr Club
24 March – Odessa, UA @ Bernardazzi Wine Club
26 March – Bucharest, RO @ Control Club
27 March – Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv
28 March – Milan, IT @ Bloom
29 March – Berlin, DE @ Kantine @ Berghain

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