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NYC noise artist Margaret Chardiet, better known to her growing legions of fans as Pharmakon, is having a moment. Pharmakon is by no means accessible music, but for some reason has struck a serious chord with both noise-lovers and the uninitiated. The project’s physical take on noise, power electronics, and industrial lifts the most potent and unsettling elements from each discipline, and peppers the whole nasty mélange with Chardiet’s paint-peeling howls. Her live performances are notoriously intense, and her upcoming new album for Sacred Bones, the intimidating and very present Bestial Burden, has been buzzing harder than her hardworking amplifiers. That appreciative drone is only going to get louder once she hits the road with Swans on an extensive European tour in October.

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