The Seer, Swans' 12th studio album overall and second following their 1997-2010 hiatus, is very possibly the lead candidate for this year's boldest full-length musical statement. At two hours and just 11 songs in length, it's an almost impossibly ambitious record, with one track ("The Seer") extending beyond a half-hour and two others ("A Piece of the Sky" and "Apostate") that aren't much shorter. On the strength of walloping chunks of industrial clang and propulsive freak-outs (plus a Karen O-featuring ballad, "Song for the Warror"), frontman Michael Gira and his feral flock have created the most transcendent record of their collective career. (Photo by Lino Brunetti) With Xiu Xiu. 18+, $20, 8 p.m., 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8100.
Fri., Sept. 21, 8 p.m., 2012