Rock & Pop


When: Mon., Sept. 8, 8 p.m. and Tue., Sept. 9, 8 p.m. 2014

Ever since Swans — which was originally an assaultive Lower East Side noise-rock unit in the 1980s — was reinvigorated by bandleader Michael Gira in 2010, the only thing that has swelled more than its critical accolades has been the length and intensity of its releases. 2010’s My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky highlighted Gira’s craft and lyricism anew; 2012’s The Seer (which was about two hours long) heaved and clattered and pulverized like the earliest albums only aspired to; and 2014’s To Be Kind (which was more than two hours long) settled Swans back into long instrumental grooves that crested and crashed like tidal waves. Gira refuses to call it a “reunion,” but Swans’ return is among the most rewarding in rock memory. For two nights at The Independent (628 Divisadero St., San Francisco), the band headlines over Carla Bozulich, the storied Evangelista bandleader whose most recent solo album, Boy, is another compelling entry in her twisted and idiosyncratic songwriting career.

Sam Lefebvre

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