Michael Gira

Michael Gira is best known for his work with his post-industrial band Swans and the label Young God Records, an imprint he launched to house an ever-growing collection of re-issued Swans albums and to foster the work of nu-folk artists like Devendra Banhart and Akron/Family. Gira released a handful of records under his given name—avant-garde affairs of spoken word prose and softer-sounding home recordings—but the aesthetic visionary has always seemed more comfortable in a band, as a producer, or as a cheerleader than the main event itself. Even so, as Swans prepare to release their 2012 double album The Seer, like any good business owner, Gira has returned to the touring circuit to drum up support and likely has a few quirky tricks up his sleeve. With Sir Richard Bishop. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Thu., March 22, 8 p.m., 2012

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