Slowcore outfit Low is probably the last band you'd ever expect to record a Christmas song. Led by married couple Alan Sparhawk (guitar, whispered voice) and Mimi Parker (drums, whispered voice), the trio traffic in long, glacial songs that barely crawl past a healthy gallop. But despite the gravity of its recorded work, Low has a secret softer side that is revealed in concert, where it tends to cover "Hey Ya!" and recast its slow-burning songs in gorgeous harmonies and doses of dark humor. And with an upcoming full-length (C'Mon, scheduled for release in late winter on Seattle's Sub Pop records) the band has decided to leave its frigid Duluth, Minnesota home to travel to the West Coast to play new tunes and a set of songs from its 1999 Christmas EP, which features, you guessed it, gorgeous takes on Xmas standards like "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Just Like Christmas."
It's two weeks until Christmas, but we've decided to give away a pair of tickets to tomorrow night's show at Mississippi Studios. All you have to do leave is tell us your saddest Christmas story in the comments section below. We'll pick a winner later today, so hurry up and spill the beans about the time you ruined your in-laws get party by burning down the Christmas tree.