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Hear Low cover Rihanna's "Stay" for charity

  • Blog Post by: Chris Riemenschneider
  • September 12, 2013 - 1:00 PM
Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker were very un-Rihanna-like at Rock the Garden in June. / Anna Reed, Star Tribune

Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker were very un-Rihanna-like at Rock the Garden in June. / Anna Reed, Star Tribune

As much of a head-turner as their “Drone Not Drones” set for Rock the Garden in June, Low more pleasantly surprised hipster fans at Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival in July by playing a cover of the recent Rihanna hit “Stay.” Reaction was strong enough that the Duluth genre-benders went ahead and recorded the cover at Sacred Heart Studio/Church back home and released it today via Sub Pop Records as a charity single. Sales of the track from iTunes go to Chicago’s music-ed nonprofit Rock for Kids.

Around the time of the Pitchfork Fest, Low frontman Alan Sparhawk mentioned via Twitter how much his wife/bandmate Mimi Parker liked Rihanna’s ballad. It’s pretty obvious from her vocal performance on the re-recording that he wasn’t kidding. Sparhawk himself hits some pretty impressive high notes in it, too. I think we can officially call this the anti-drone Low.

Headed back to Chicago for next weekend’s Goose Island Festival -- the trio also recorded its latest album “The Invisible Way” in Chitown with producer Jeff Tweedy – Low then heads to Europe in November for a month of gigs everywhere from Cartagena to Schorndorf and Nijmegen. Here’s hoping the band takes a good GPS with them.

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