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For those of us who are old enough to have been of record-buying age back in the ’90s, the early years of that decade remain both deeply nostalgic and weirdly complicated. As the notion of “alternative” music continued to sledgehammer its way into the mainstream, left in its wake were increasingly visible bands that, just… More »

A few weeks back, we premiered Low’s cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire,” and it was great (more on that below). It’s their contribution to a forthcoming Springsteen tribute titled Dead Man’s Town, a compilation marking the thirtieth anniversary of Born In The U.S.A. (and taking its name from that album’s title track). Between… More »

Odd to think that at one point, much to their chagrin, Low were considered the progenitors of the “slowcore” movement. Emerging from Duluth, MN in the early ’90s, contemporaneous with the halcyon days of grunge, the band were a more than welcome respite from that genre’s bombastic, angst-fueled fervor. They crafted languid ballads that were… More »

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SP20: Sub Pop’s 20th Anniversary Benefit Festival Partial Lineup Announced

We mentioned Sub Pop's 20th Anniversary a ways back -- well, it's officially time to party (especially if you live in the Pacific Northwest). The…
brandon | April 15, 2008 - 3:36 pm

Retribution Gospel Choir – “Somebody’s Someone”

Retribution Gospel Choir is the dark, heavy Minnesota trio of Low guitarist/vocalist Alan Sparhawk and new Low bassist Steve Garrington (who recently replaced Matt Livingston…
brandon | March 11, 2008 - 11:19 am

Cornelius, Low, Frodo Do Yo Gabba Gabba

In the time since we last mentioned the favorite kids show for indie yuppie parents looking for ways to spend time with their little children,…
Stereogum | November 28, 2007 - 4:42 pm

New Low Video – “Breaker” (Animated Version)

Wow, there’s gonna be a shitload of videos from Drums And Guns — especially if there are no live-action logistics to contend with. This makes…
Stereogum | June 29, 2007 - 6:08 pm

New Low Video – “Hatchet (Optimimi Version)”

Stuffing your face full of chocolate cake is hard work! So taxing that, after chowing down in “Breaker,” Alan Sparhawk has gone on extended video…
Stereogum | May 16, 2007 - 12:35 pm

New Low Video – “Belarus”

Low’s first clip from Drums And Guns had Alan doing his best Kobayashi, with chocolate cake in place of hot dogs. But in “Belarus,” Sparhawk…
Stereogum | May 4, 2007 - 11:22 am

Get Low

Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Rogers, and Matt Livingston played a career-spanning set at D.C.'s 9:30 club Tuesday night, captured for your enjoyment at NPR. Stream it…
Stereogum | April 12, 2007 - 8:51 am

New Low Video – “Breaker”

Watch as Alan Sparhawk inhales a chocolate cake! We’d be glad to draw out some tenuous line of connection to the track’s existential lyrics, but…
Stereogum | March 22, 2007 - 9:35 am

New Low – “Breaker”

Sup Pop has been good enough to share the third track from Low’s Drums And Guns, featuring doubled Sparhawk vox and Mimi harmonies set to…
Stereogum | February 21, 2007 - 10:20 am

Premature Evaluation: Low – Drums And Guns

“All the soldiers, they’re all gonna die.” The opening line of Low’s fantastic new record tells you what’s on Alan Sparhawk’s mind, and the going…
Stereogum | January 19, 2007 - 8:12 pm

Alan Sparhawk Defends Stone Temple Pilots

STP underrated? That’s what we’ve said all along. Now we have someone a helluva lot cooler than us to back it up! The Onion’s A.V.
Stereogum | December 1, 2006 - 5:28 pm

Valentines For Your iPod

100% Stereogum-recommended legal MP3s from newish and upcoming albums. Crooked Fingers – “Call To Love” Audible – “Sunday Bell” Damon And Naomi – “Love (Live)”
Stereogum | February 14, 2005 - 9:21 am
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