by Andrew Sacher

Swans at MHOW in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Swans, who had an extensive career throughout most of the '80s and '90s, reformed in 2010 for a new album, My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope to the Sky, and tour. As discussed, they'll follow that album with The Seer on August 28 via Michael Gira's Young God Records. The Seer is a massive double album which treks through the noisy, beautiful, scary, uplifting, and it's one of the band's best albums to date. Guest musicians include former Swans member Jarboe, Bruce Lamont, Ben Frost, members of Akron/Family, members of Low, and Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) who handles most of the lead vocals on "Song for the Warrior." You can now stream the album a week ahead of its release date at NPR.

As discussed, Swans will be supporting the album with a tour which hits NYC on October 10 at Bowery Ballroom with A Hawk and a Hacksaw. Tickets for that show are still available. An updated list of all Swans dates is below.

In related news, Karen O is one of the artists contributing to the soundtrack for Tim Burton's upcoming Frankenweenie film, along with Passion Pit, Robert Smith, Winona Ryder, Grace Potter with The Flaming Lips, and more. You can stream Karen O's contribution, "Strange Love," over at Pitchfork.

All Swans dates are listed below.


Swans -- 2012 Tour Dates
9/6/2012 Vancouver BC Venue#
9/7/2012 Seattle WA Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading Room#
9/8/2012 Portland OR Hawthorne Theater#
9/9/2012 9/10/2012 San Francisco CA The Regency Grand Ballroom#
9/11/2012 Los Angeles CA The Music Box#
9/12/2012 Phoenix AZ Crescent Ballroom#
9/14/2012 Austin TX La Zona Rosa#
9/15/2012 Houston TX Fitzgerald's Upstairs#
9/16/2012 Dallas TX Trees#
9/18/2012 Oklahoma City OK ACM Performance Lab#
9/19/2012 Kansas City MO Beaumont Club#
9/20/2012 Lincoln NE Bourbon Theatre#
9/21/2012 Minneapolis MN Fineline Music Cafe#
9/22/2012 Milwaukee WI Shank Hall#
9/24/2012 Denver CO Gothic Theater#
10/10/2012 New York NY Bowery Ballroom^
10/11/2012 Boston MA Paradise Rock Club^
10/12/2012 Washington DC Black Cat Mainstage^
10/13/2012 Philadelphia PA Union Transfer^
10/14/2012 Raleigh NC Lincoln Theatre^
10/16/2012 Orlando FL The Social^
10/17/2012 West Palm Beach FL Respectable Street^
10/18/2012 Tallahassee FL Club Downunder^
10/19/2012 Atlanta GA Terminal West^
10/23/2012 St Louis MO Firebird^
10/24/2012 Chicago IL Cabaret Metro^
10/25/2012 Toronto ON Lee's Palace^
10/26/2012 Montreal QC La Tulipe^
11/01/2012 Reykjavik, Iceland Iceland Airways Festival*
11/15/2012 London, UK Koko*
11/16/2012 Glasgow, UK The Arches*
11/17/2012 Manchester, UK Sound Control*
11/19/2012 Paris,France Le Trabendo*
11/20/2012 Nijmegen, NL Doornroosje*
11/21/2012 Haarlem, NL Patronaat*
11/22/2012 Hamburg, Germany Kampnagel*
11/23/2012 Copenhagen, DK Det Kgl. Danske Konservatories Koncertsal*
11/24/2012 Oslo,norway Parkteatret*
11/27/2012 Prague, Czech Lucenra Music Bar*
11/28/2012 Vienna, austria Arena Big Hall*
11/30/2012 Bologna ,Italy Locomotiv*
12/2/2012 Kortrijk, Belgium De Kreun- Sunns curator festival*
12/3/2012 Bern, C, Reitschule Gross Halle*
12/4/2012 Lausanne,CH Les Docks*
* w/ Sir Richard Bishop
^ w/A Hawk & A Hacksaw
# w/Xiu Xiu

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