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SLCene Suggests: Low at Velour

by on March 28, 2013

LOW, VELOUR, Provo, Saturday, March 30, 8 p.m., $18

I can think of a lot of worse ways to celebrate your 20th anniversary as a band than holing up with Jeff Tweedy at Wilco’s Chicago recording studio to create your 10th album. That’s what Low’s Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker and Steve Garrington did to make The Invisible Way, the latest set by Minnesota’s favorite slowcore stalwarts. It wouldn’t be Low if the album didn’t have plenty of slow, churning melancholia, as well as some stunningly beautiful passages. Parker sings lead on about half the tracks, a departure but a welcome one, and there’s more piano than some longtime fans might expect. But it’s full of great new Low songs, and the fact the band is still going this strong after two decades is a testament to them. Thalia Zedek opens the show.


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