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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Little Annie (US)

Little Annie, also known as Annie Anxiety Bandez (also 'Little Annie Anxiety Bandez') is a singer, painter, and stage actor, perhaps most widely known for her vampish performance of the song 'Things Happen', with the band Coil. She has recorded extensively with vanguard figures of late twentieth century music such as rock musician Kid Congo Powers, dub stalwart Adrian Sherwood, punk/experimental band Crass, and experimental/electronica band Coil, an entity that had its origins in the first Industrial band, Throbbing Gristle.

Little Annie currently performs in New York City, and has released solo albums since the 1980s. Her most recent album, 'Songs from the Coalmine Canary' is co-produced by Antony Hegarty, and Joe Budenholz...

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