Commercial pop music has a knack for absorbing every sort of formal extreme, from breakbeat techno to no-wave punk. But how can a voracious and accelerating mass culture ever incorporate Low, the slowest rock group ever to emerge from the Southern lip of Lake Superior--or anywhere else? After a half-century of confrontational rock 'n' roll, it seems that the most contrary stunt a young band can pull is to slow down to 50 beats per minute and sing as quietly as possible. That has been Low's modus operandi since 1993, when the Duluth trio's molasses flow and understated melodies began splitting audiences into two camps--restless hecklers and... More >>>