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Music, The War in Duluth

The War in Duluth

When established musicians deviate from an expected aesthetic, they often polarize audiences. Radiohead released its highly experimental departure Kid A in 2000, for example, and critics called it everything from "commercial suicide" to "the most eccentric album ever to debut…
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Music, Reviewed Low

Low

It was intriguing to hear that Low's new full-length, its first for Sub Pop, was being touted as texturally "aggressive." But what did that mean? A cross between the more dissonant aspects of altrock emoticons the Smashing Pumpkins and Sunny…
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Music, High on Low

High on Low

I want Alan Sparhawk, the guitarist/vocalist for Low, to give me a serious, emotive answer to my final question, and he knows it. On the phone from his home in freezing Duluth, Minn., he's cracked jokes throughout our entire conversation…
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Music, Reviewed Low

Low

Since its inception in 1994, the slocore outfit Low has fashioned music that could easily put listeners to sleep, its spare instrumentation and long-sustained notes begging for a joint and a comfy chair. If those people did succumb to slumber,…
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Music, Record Low

Low

Low Christmas (Kranky) Low has been cranking out moody, slowcore hits since the early '90s, and yet the band has the nerve to end the decade that embraced it with an album of completely reverent Christmas carols. The group's prolific…
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