Maybe the most remarkable thing about Low — one of Minnesota’s best bands for more than 20 years — is the Duluth trio’s longevity, especially considering the seeming limitations of their sound. They’ve come to be the face of the indie-rock subgenre “slowcore,” originally carving a spot for themselves with low-BPM tempos and minimal arrangements, getting additional color from the harmonies of husband-and-wife team Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker. Over the years, they’ve switched things up by working with various producers (including Steve Albini, Dave Fridmann, and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy) and giving Parker added presence and freedom as a singer, particularly on 2013’s The Invisible Way. Their latest album, last year’s Ones and Sixes, stands as a lively, accessible career highlight; it’s arguably one of group’s three or four best records. As for Low’s “friends” set to join the holiday festivities, the list includes rising local indie-rockers Hippo Campus (who are two months shy of the release of their debut album, Landmark), Duluth violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea, Erik Berry, and Ambassadors. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest Heartland.
PROMOTIONAL EVENT DESCRIPTION Low & Friends Christmas and Holiday Bazaar
LOW with HIPPO CAMPUS, GAELYNN LEA, ERIK BERRY, AMBASSADORS (Dalmar Yare, Holly Muñoz, Martin Dosh, Al Church), and DJ Set by CLAIRE DE LUNE of tiny deathsSaturday, December 17, 2016 at 7:00pm$20.00 advance | $25.00 door | 18+
Low: Sub Pop released Low’s Ones and Sixes, the group’s latest studio effort, on September 11, 2015. The album, featuring the standouts “No Comprende”, “What Part of Me,” “Gentle,” and “No End,” was co-produced by the band and engineer BJ Burton at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
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