Selection Reminder: No-wave vets Swans tonight at the Social!



Photo by Owen Swenson
  • Photo by Owen Swenson

Tuesday, September 13Swans

SWANS ARE NOT DEAD. That’s the message that appeared on the legendary New York no-wave veterans’ MySpace page beginning sometime last year, and it appears that for possibly the first time in quite awhile, something on MySpace proved accurate. Although Jarboe-less, Michael Gira and the gang released their first album in 13 years, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, last year, an album as punishing as the group’s early-’80s work, but as lovely as Gira’s Angels of Light era. Now, it seems Swans are not only alive and well, but awfully productive – the band went into the studio this summer in Germany to lay down several tracks written and produced by Gira – some, they promise, are more than 30 minutes long. Their set list, therefore, usually sits at a “comfortable” two and a half hours, so find a couch and park it. After all, Gira’s approaching 60 and you ain’t getting any younger, either. – Justin Strout (with Sir Richard Bishop; 7 p.m. at the Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.; $17-$20; 407-246-1419;

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.