Tortoise Comes Out of Shell For Tour


Up to their belly buttons with good, clean,
American music.


By Blurt Staff


new album and first full-length release of all new material in over five years,
Beacons of Ancestorship,
is out next week, June 23rd on Thrill
Jockey. As previously reported, the band will be playing select cities
this summer in the week surrounding their performance at the Pitchfork Music Festival.
Additionally, Tortoise has added a week of shows throughout the midwest to
their fall schedule. A complete list of dates is below.


Watch for the new issue of BLURT, due on newsstands in a
couple of weeks, with a review of the album. We note, in part, “What makes this work are the brilliant
compositions and group mentality. There isn’t a classic “solo” to be found
(maybe inside “Prepare Your Coffin”); instead, we are transported to some
futuristic space club where music is created by cyborg machines with human


As the label sagely advises us, “Almost alone among bands of
the last two decades, Tortoise remains unique as one of the rare bands who
outgrew their early influences and instead became one of the markers by which
other groups are now measured. Resisting easy metaphors and analogies, while
spawning countless followers and imitators, Tortoise truly sound like
themselves and no one else. Witnessing the element of group play between the
five band members in a live setting and their adept skills at playing
interchanging instruments to create this sound is truly an inspiring experience
and one that should not be missed!”




Tour Dates:

Sat. July 11 — Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Mon. July 13 — San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Wed. July 15 — Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Fri. July 17 — Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
Sun. July 19 — Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Mon. July 20 — Philadelphia, PA @ Sanctuary at First Unitarian Church
Tue. July 21 — New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
Fri. July 24 — Tokyo, Japan @ Fuji Rock Festival
Fri. Aug. 14 — St. Malo, France @ La Route Du Rock
Sat. Aug. 22 — Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop
Tue. Sep. 29 — St. Louis, MO
@ Firebird
Wed. Sep. 30 — Kansas City, MO
@ Beaumont Club
Thu. Oct. 1 — Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
Fri. Oct. 2 — Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Sat. Oct. 3 — Dubuque, IA @ Voices Warehouse Gallery



[Photo Credit: Jim Newberry]


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