Low performs in The Current studios

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Alan Sparhawk of Low (MPR / Nate Ryan)
Low In-Studio
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It takes a long time for any band to leave a substantial mark on the music world, and for Minnesota, there's only a handful of artists for each decade that we can say measure up. It's safe to assume we can now add Low to that list as the band celebrates 20 years together, as well as the release of their most acclaimed album yet The Invisible Way.

Husband and wife Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker have led the band since its inception in 1993, with Steve Garrington fleshing out the line-up. While mainstream commercial success has been tricky for a band whose catalogue is often long, expansive and slow, Low has managed to gather a major following, both in fans and other musicians.

Robert Plant has covered the band, Jeff Mangum tapped them to play his curated All Tomorrow's Parties installment and Jeff Tweedy produced the new record at Wilco's studio in Chicago. The creative accolades and opportunities aren't in short supply.

Twenty years is a long time for any group to be together, but as Sparhawk and Parker talk about in their interview on The Local Show, they're just looking to party for a year and see what's in store next — they aren't in any hurry.

Songs performed: "Plastic Cup," "Holy Ghost" and "On My Own"

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    Alan Sparhawk of Low (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Alan Sparhawk of Low (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Ryan Young of Trampled By Turtles performs with Low (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Steve Garrington of Low (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Alan Sparhawk of Low (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Alan Sparhawk of Low (MPR / Nate Ryan)