Wednesday: Low and ACME at Society for Ethical Culture


This week, slow core rockers Low celebrate two decades as a band with their tenth studio release, The Invisible Way (Sub Pop). The Sparhawks (Mimi and Alan) continue to weave dulcet duets and the band’s metronome seems to only go up to about 100 beats per minute (with most of its songs still residing below a tranquilized polar bear’s heart rate), but there’s nothing that seems tired or retreaded on The Invisible Way. On the contrary, songs like the campfire ballad “Plastic Cup” and the exhortatory “Holy Ghost” are worthy additions to their already distinguished catalog. And “Just Make it Stop” may rank as my favorite of their forays into mid tempo indie pop (double tracked vocals from Mimi always make me a little weak in the knees).

In addition to tour dates, there’s live video footage of the band below (courtesy of AV Club).




Opening for Low tonight at their show at NYC’s Society for Ethical Culture, a string quartet of our friends from ACME: Ben Russell and Laura Lutzke, violins; Caroline Shaw, viola; Clarice Jensen, cello. While we don’t have a set list from Low (we imagine a mix of songs from the new record and old favorites), ACME has confirmed that it will be performing the following pieces:

Fog Tropes II by Ingram Marshall

Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet by Gavin Bryars

Stringsongs by Meredith Monk


During the show, ACME will also play with Low.



You can hear ACME on their latest CD for New World, Joseph Byrd: 1960-1963, an important revival of the early experimental works of an artist better know for his contributions to psych rock.

Low – Touring schedule

Wed Mar 20 – Society for Ethical Culture –  New York, NY – Buy Tickets
Fri Mar 22 – Metro – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets
Sat Mar 23 – Fitzgerald Theatre – St. Paul, MN – SOLD OUT
Fri Mar 29 – Larimer Lounge  – Denver, CO – Buy Tickets
Sat Mar 30 – Velour – Provo, UT – Buy Tickets
Tue Apr 2 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA – Buy Tickets
Wed Apr 3 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA – Buy Tickets
Fri Apr 5 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – Buy Tickets
Sat Apr 6 – The Crocodile –  Seattle, WA – Buy Tickets
Sat June 22 – Solid Sound Festival – North Adams, MA – Buy Tickets


Low plays “Holy Ghost” live at Saki