Duluth trio hits a 20-year high
Last month, Low played a universally acclaimed set at Rock the Garden. Everyone in attendance -- and we especially mean everyone on Twitter -- eagerly applauded this 27-minute rendition of one song as an artistic triumph. And then, out of nowhere, the Duluth trio pulled a complete 180 this past week ... More >>
Duluth's experimental rockers brought a polarizing one-song performance to Rock the Garden
Duluth experimental rockers Low put on one of the most polarizing performances ever to hit Rock the Garden this year. You see, their entire set consisted of a 27-minute version of their 1996 song "Do You Know How to Waltz?" The dirge-y, slow-building track stretched to nearly twice its recorded leng ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we kick things off with a spirited live clip from local trio Now, Now, shot during the band's recent tour stop in Chicago. We also share a feature that FUSE TV rec ... More >>
Today marks the last day of April, and that's good news for all you audiophiles out there. Why is that, you ask? Because we just thawed out round two of the Gimme Noise music podcast, that's why. This new experiment of ours is still new enough that we don't even have a decent set of press photos, b ... More >>
MWFM Day One With Astronautalis, Retribution Gospel Choir, The Ericksons, Wildflower, Paulie Matushek and Wake Up Bedhead Winona, Minnesota Thursday, April 18, 2013 The fourth annual Mid West Music Fest got off to a bit of a shaky start on Thursday -- at least weather wise, as fans band bands drivi ... More >>
Here's a surprise to ease you out of this warm and sunny Friday. The very first Gimme Noise Podcast is live! Recorded in our satellite "studio" in Seward, this represents a collection of recent topics, both locally and at large, that we -- myself and music editor Reed Fischer -- wanted to discuss fu ... More >>
Low With members of Trampled by Turtles Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul March 23, 2013 During the interview portion of Low's riveting show at the Fitzgerald Theater on Saturday night, Alan Sparhawk spoke candidly of the band's objective in approaching the evening. "We've played down here quite a few t ... More >>
The influential Minnesota band release a milestone 10th full-length studio album
Retribution Gospel Choirwith Pony Trash and SouthwireTurf Club, St. PaulFriday, February 1, 2013As the years go by, it becomes more and more obvious that Alan Sparhawk is destined to have his own special place in the annals of Minnesota music. There are those who just seem to bring something extra t ... More >>
It's easy to forget sometimes that, at heart, Alan Sparhawk is just your typical Duluthian. Call him during the winter, and there's bound to be a story involved: it could be something as mundane as, you know, cooking lentils under the hood of your car, or in Sparhawk's case, it could be that he just ... More >>
There's no sense in trying to slow down Alan Sparhawk. Not content to just let the artful majesty of a Jeff Tweedy-produced Low album be the focal point of early 2013, the third full-length Retribution Gospel Choir album is on the way.The as-yet-untitled album comes on the heels of this year's The R ... More >>
Related:Duluth floods: Top 10 jaw-dropping images [PHOTOS]Duluth flood update, and 10 more jaw-dropping images [PHOTOS]With the stark, grotesque, and unnerving images from Duluth's massive flood comes the worry about our upper Minnesota neighbors -- some of whom are musicians. As the devastation pil ... More >>
Related:Retribution Gospel Choir releases free EP (DOWNLOAD)Retribution Gospel Choir's Alan Sparhawk: I don't write intentionallyMinneapolis Democrats are proving that they want a "revolution" in a very literal sense. For the Southwest Minneapolis DFL's annual picnic, often called the Blue BBQ, Dulu ... More >>
Retribution Gospel Choir, the more-strummy side project of Low's Alan Sparhawk, has released a new EP. Titled The Revolution -- not a Prince thing -- the four tracks gather some great vintage rock replete with cowbell, sassy guitar licks, and some full-on shredding. And it occurs all in the span ... More >>
Lovers of Death Cab for Cutie will get rewarded for showing up early starting in April when Low, our not-so-slow-core-no-more neighbors from Duluth, joins them for a spate of shows. This pairing is a huge coup for Low, who have steadily grasped more rock conventions in their work while ne'r negle ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenLowApril 16, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisAfter seeing Retribution Gospel Choir perform a handful of times over the last couple of years, I was quite excited for Alan Sparhawk's return to the First Avenue stage with his distinguished "other" band Low on Saturday night. With h ... More >>
It's been a week filled with Low-related news. Not only did Robert Plant swoop into town and cover not one but two of the Duluth slowcore band's songs, but they released a new video starring John Stamos that's been rippling throughout the blogosphere. It's all good timing, too -- Low just release ... More >>
Duluth trio gets personal
The trailer for Low's new album, C'mon, due out April 12 via Sub Pop, is:1. Moody and foreboding,2. features just enough of a snippet of their new material to get us excited, and3. peaks with Alan Sparhawk doing an impersonation of Eric Clapton.Also, their new promo photos feature all three membe ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzPeter Wolf Crier and Retribution Gospel ChoirFebruary 2, 2011Cedar Cultural CenterThings were so comfortable on stage for both Peter Wolf Crier and Retribution Gospel Choir on Thursday night at the Cedar that at one point Alan Sparhawk was giving Peter Pisano a neck mess ... More >>
The unrelenting sonic assault began with a cover of Low's "Breaker" and didn't let up until the encore.
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Rock as dance music. Dance music as rock.