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A Low Profile: Alan Sparhawk & Mimi Parker On Their New Album Ones And Sixes

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 »

By: T. Cole Rachel / June 23, 2015 - 10:05 am

Watch Mark Kozelek Enlist Low’s Alan Sparhawk On “The War On Drugs: Suck My Cock”

This week almost went by with no news about Mark Kozelek. Almost! Last week at this time, Koz was making friends with El-P when Sun Kil Moon was booked opposite Run The Jewels at Fun Fun Fun. At the fest, Kozelek played his infamous, unprovoked diss track “The War On Drugs: Suck My Cock” live… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 14, 2014 - 8:32 pm

Edgy And Dull: 20 Covers Of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire,” Rated

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). Betwee… More »

By: Ryan Leas / August 6, 2014 - 11:10 am

Low – “I’m On Fire” (Bruce Springsteen Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 blockbuster Born In The U.S.A. is the Boss’s biggest, synthiest, least rootsy LP, but it’s arguably just as packed with amazing songs as anything the man ever recorded. And on the new tribute compilation Dead Man’s Town, a series of artists from the indie rock and alt-country spheres take on songs from… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 22, 2014 - 10:59 am

Watch Hebronix & Low Play New Song “Ceilings”

For my money, Unreal, ex-Yuck frontman Daniel Blumberg’s debut as Hebronix, is one of the year’s most underrated LPs. (Considering how spectacularly Yuck’s Glow & Behold turned out, I’d say that whole breakup was creatively profitable for all involved.) Before Unreal came out in July, Blumberg toured Europe with Low, and now video from those… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 30, 2013 - 3:47 pm

Low – “Stay” (Rihanna Cover)

You might remember earlier this summer Low covered Rihanna’s “Stay” at Pitchfork Festival. Now you can hear a studio version of the song. Listen below and check out our ranking of the band’s discography here. More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 12, 2013 - 11:34 am

Watch Low Cover Rihanna At Pitchfork Festival

If you’ve ever been to Pitchfork Festival you’ll know that the Blue Stage is usually the best for seeing more intimate performances. It’s tucked away a bit, smaller than the Red or Green stage, and is perfect for a band like Low. During their set yesterday, the band performed a cover of Rihanna’s “Stay,” telling… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 21, 2013 - 2:17 pm

Low’s Alan Sparhawk Defends Droning, One-Song Festival Set

At Rock The Garden 2013 this week Low (who we recently did a Counting Down on) gave a performance that, according to Minneapolis’ Star Tribune, left some audience members really confused and angry. The band decided to take a risk and played a 30-minute version of the stormy drone epic “Do You Know How To… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 18, 2013 - 2:59 pm

Low – “Plastic Cup” Video

Last week we talked in detail about Low’s incredible catalog, and today, they’ve dropped a new video from their recent album, the Jeff Tweedy-produced The Invisible Way (No. 5 on the list). “Plastic Cup” opens The Invisible Way — it’s a classic Low number, unhurried, dark, and warm, with Alan and Mimi harmonizing sweetly. The… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 13, 2013 - 11:43 am

Low Albums From Worst To Best

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 »

By: John Everhart / June 7, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Low – “Just Make It Stop” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

The veteran Minnesota band Low released their new Jeff Tweedy-produced album The Invisible Way last month, and now they’ve delivered its first video, for the soft and wispy “Just Make It Stop.” The video, from director Philip Harder, is a performance clip, but it’s a different kind of performance clip. It starts out with nothing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 16, 2013 - 11:28 am

Low @ Fingerprints Records, Long Beach 4/1/13

Low stopped by Fingerprints Records in Long Beach for an in-store performance in support of their latest Sub Pop records release, The Invisible Way. Alan Sparhawk unfurled frosty waves of echo-drenched guitar underpinned with the subtle drumming of Mimi Parker and the soothing keyboards of Steve Garrington. “Plastic Cup” and “Holy Ghost” were some of… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / April 2, 2013 - 10:30 am

Stream Low The Invisible Way

The big news about The Invisible Way, the new album from Minnesota indie lifers Low, is that Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy produced it. But the thing that strikes me most about the album is that it reaches back to the slow, hushed intimacy of the band’s early record. Tweedy’s production obviously isn’t as austere as,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 11, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Low – “So Blue”

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy produced The Invisible Way, the new album from the Minnesota slowcore heroes Low, and we’ve already posted the early songs “Plastic Cup” and “Just Make It Stop.” But “So Blue,” the third and best song we’ve heard from the album thus far, is the one of the three that shows the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2013 - 3:08 pm

Q&A: Low’s Alan Sparhawk On The Invisible Way, The Band’s 20th Anniversary, And The General Weirdness Of Getting Older

I should say upfront that I am something of an avowed Low super fan. I’ve seen the band play countless times over the past two decades, interviewed them on at least half a dozen occasions, and spent what is probably an unhealthy amount of time pondering their records while sitting alone in dimly lit rooms. More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / February 7, 2013 - 4:21 pm

Low – “Just Make It Stop”

Longtime slowcore warriors Low roped Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy into producing their new album The Invisible Way, which drops in a couple of months. We’ve already heard one song, “Plastic Cup,” but the actual first single is “Just Make It Stop,” a coldly pretty song that uses Low’s trademark ghostly harmonies and wispy atmosphere while… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 9, 2013 - 9:36 am

Deconstructing: Yo La Tengo, Low, And The Creative Potential Of Domestic Bliss

“We’re like business associates,” Leslie Mann’s Debbie frowns to Paul Rudd’s Pete in This Is 40, Judd Apatow’s sorta-sequel to Knocked Up. “We’re like brothers and sisters.” Their marriage is buckling under the pressure of raising kids, paying the mortgage, staying fit, dealing with daddy issues, keeping businesses afloat, and meeting the emotional/physical needs of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 3, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Low – “Plastic Cup”

Last month we got the scoop that Low had completed work on their 10th album, The Invisible Way, which had been produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy at his Chicago studio. Now, music from that album has emerged. More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 26, 2012 - 5:40 pm

Low The Invisible Way (Prod. By Jeff Tweedy) Details & Play Nice Places EP Download

Minnesota’s Low have produced a pretty indispensable body of work over the past two decades — they’re probably the face of the “slowcore” movement, although their music has grown far beyond the limitations implied by that tag. I can’t think of a single inessential album in their catalog — their last, 2011’s C’Mon was a… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 28, 2012 - 10:34 am

Watch Joanna Newsom, Low, The Fall Play ATP Minehead

Over the weekend, the Jeff Mangum-curated ATP festival went down in Butlins, Minehead, UK, and as a result there’s some footage out there from the likes of Joanna Newsom, Low, and the Fall. Check that out down below, and if other stuff pops (perhaps from the likes of Magnetic Fields, Thurston Moore, Mangum himself, etc.),… More »

By: Corban Goble / March 12, 2012 - 12:37 pm
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