LIVE: The Low Anthem @ MASS MoCA, 3/5/11

March 10th, 2011, 4:25 pm by Sara

“I hope you don’t mind if we play a song that we’ve already played tonight,” Ben Knox Miller told the sold out crowd at MASS MoCA, as the Low Anthem returned to the stage for their encore.

The quartet began singing as he plucked his banjo so quietly, so delicately that the song was almost a cappella. And it took the crowd a minute or two to recognize the tune – the Tom Waits-Jack Kerouac “Home I’ll Never Be” – because it was so radically different than the clattering, amped-up rendition of the same song that they had performed just an hour earlier.

That’s the Low Anthem in a nutshell. They’ve got the neo old-timey thing down cold, conjuring up back-porch incantations with hymn-like reverence and ragged righteousness. But they can also plug-in and rock with a funky, Band-like Catskill cacophony.

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Hear the Low Anthem’s New Album, “Smart Flesh”

February 16th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg

The Low Anthem

The Low Anthem

The Low Anthem’s upcoming album, “Smart Flesh,” won’t officially be available until Tuesday, but the fine folks at NPR are offering an exclusive First Listen to the complete album this week.

Calling the record “beautiful through and through,” NPR’s Stephen Thompson raves “these songs sound haunted in every possible way.”

Stream the entire album here.

And don’t forget – if you like what you hear, the Low Anthem will be hitting the road in support of “Smart Flesh,” and they’ll be making a tour stop at MASS MoCA in North Adams at 8pm on Saturday, March 5.

Live: Emmylou Harris @ The Egg, 11/14/10

November 18th, 2010, 10:01 am by Greg

Two songs into their opening set, Ben Knox Miller of rag-tag Rhode Islanders the Low Anthem announced, “We’d like to invite Emmylou Harris onto the stage.” The headliner made her way to the microphone at center stage, and before joining them for “To Ohio,” she made a correction, declaring, “I invited myself.”

Indeed, Harris seemed to be thoroughly enjoying herself during the song, and later when the Low Anthem re-joined her on stage for her own encore of “Evangeline.”

But while Harris’ 90-minute show was good – she is Emmylou Harris, after all, one of the sweetest singers on the planet – it rarely took the next step up to the level of greatness that she’s quite capable of hitting.

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