Low cover Rihanna's "Stay" at Pitchfork Music Festival

Low at Union Park in Chicago for Pitchfork Music Festival 2013
Low at Union Park in Chicago for Pitchfork Music Festival 2013
Photo by Erik Hess

Low made hot-headed believers out of a large festival crowd Saturday at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. After a set that primarily featured songs from the band's 2013 release The Invisible Way, they decided to take things in a pop-oriented direction with a cover of Rihanna's slow jam "Stay."

The Duluth act made local waves with an inspired one-song set featuring "Do You Know How to Waltz?" at Rock the Garden at the Walker Art Center in June, so this felt like the stylistic pendulum swinging to the other side. Sharing lead vocals, Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk took the song out of its original shell and into the classic duet territory of Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton's version of "We've Got Tonight."

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While the drone fans had to get their fix during "Pissing," this was an ideal set-closing moment. With the push-and-pull narrative of Rihanna's relationship with Chris Brown subtracted, the song penned by Mikky Ekko and Justin Parker glimmered in Low's hands with Steve Garrington handling the keyboard lines. A song of devotion, much like their own "Holy Ghost," it toed a secular and spiritual line, and was one of the festival's defining moments. 

Clarence White
Plastic Cup
On My Own
Holy Ghost
Just Make It Stop
Stay (Rihanna cover)

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