Low

How you feel about long-running Duluth, Minnesota trio Low in 2011 might largely depend on what drew you to the band in the first place: was it their songs, or their sound? That’s because, since moving from experimental label Kranky to Sub Pop for their 2005 album The Great Destroyer, the band has cranked up their formerly hushed, slowcore sound to accommodate such innovations as ELECTRIC GUITAR! SNARE DRUM! and OUTSIDE VOICES! So, if you were there primarily for the pin-drop acoustics of their early days, you’d be disappointed, but if you made it over that hurdle, you’d discover that the band has retained much of what always made songs like “Dinosaur Act” worth straining to hear: warm husband-and-wife harmonies, deeply melancholic lyrics, and simply affecting guitar hooks—only dialed in a little less, well, low. With Bachelorette. ERIC GRANDY

Fri., Sept. 16, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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