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Light is not something normally associated with the often oppressive music of Swans, much less anything angelic. Angels of Light, the name of Michael Gira’s latest project, hints at just how far he has come from the Filth of his former band. On New Mother, Gira reinvents himself as a modern troubadour, joining Nick Cave and Martyn Bates in singing murder ballads. Gira has clearly gotten the hang of gloomy folk songs, but he has not entirely forsaken his old dissonant ways: “The Man With the Silver Tongue” and “Real Person” owe more than a little to the Velvet Underground’s “Venus in Furs”; and the latter adds a touch of Pere Ubu. And just to show you he’s an arty guy, as familiar with Alfred Jarry’s plays as the Cleveland band that took its name from them, New Mother includes homages to Marcel Duchamp and Francis Bacon. At 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-7960. (Mark W. Sullivan)