[ rock/pop ]
It seems like virtually every band that ever had a video on 120 Minutes has reunited in the past few years. But unlike all of those acts slogging around the country reviving their debut albums beginning to end, the resurrected Swans have shown no interest in nostalgia. What’s surprising is the fact that after a decade and a half of dormancy, founder/mainstay Michael Gira and company have returned with two of their most vital and harrowing albums. The latest, The Seer, opens with the bleakly brutal 20-minute howl of “The Apostate,” and those who make it through emerge with another hour and a half of transcendent austerity yet to go.
Sat., Oct. 13, 9 p.m., $20, with A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 215-232-2100, utphilly.com.