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Swans (US)

Swans is a band from New York, United States, active from 1982 to 1997, reformed in 2010, led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira.

Marginally associated with the no wave scene at first, their original sound was slow and extremely heavy, with live performances that were often so brutal and physical that in a number of instances certain audience members were made ill, police were called and venues were shut down. This early physical sound is possibly best heard on the live album Public Castration Is A Good idea.

Their initial style shifted a little by the time Swans released seminal twin albums Greed and Holy Money. The music had sped up, at times being even more punishing than their earlier o...

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Sir Richard Bishop (US)

Sir Richard Bishop has travelled the spaceways as one-third of the ethno-improv pioneering act Sun City Girls from 1981 until the untimely death of Charles Gocher in 2007. They released nearly 100 albums and tapes over the last 25 years, and have managed to gain a significant cult following in that time. By trade, Sir Richard Bishop is a dealer and antiquarian of rare occult books and fine paper ephemera. As an artist, Bishop is a critically acclaimed solo guitarist.

In early 2005, Sir Richard Bishop began extensive touring as a solo artist, performing throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States, armed with only an acoustic guitar. His solo playing reflects the finger-picking influences of Django Reinhardt, Jimmy Page,...

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