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When Low formed in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1993, no one could have guessed it would become one of the most respected underground bands of the next two decades. In an era when most acts traded in sheer volume, Low focused instead on raw emotional honesty expressed with a quiet and deliberate intensity. The group's debut album, I Could Live in Hope, was reminiscent of Galaxie 500, with an expanded use of evocative vocal harmonies and a more pastoral, textured sound. By the time of 2005's The Great Destroyer, a sonically rich and electrifying effort, Low had perfectly blended its pastoral sounds with its rock leanings and a flair for the experimental. On the cusp of releasing a new album, the group is taking its soul-stirring show on the road for a short run of small clubs.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.