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“Tortoise, an instrumental five-piece band from Chicago, makes music of elaborate detail, rarely settling for a broad stroke when a sharp inflection might suffice." -Nate Chinen, The New York Times


The new album and first full-length release of new material in over five years by Chicago based post-rockers Tortoise will be out June 23 on Thrill Jockey. With the release of , Tortoise plans on hitting the road and playing a handful of select shows in cities across the U.S. as well as festival stops in Japan, France and Belgium.

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.

“Beacons of Ancestorship is a mature effort, mindful of the group's legacy while simultaneously pushing at their musical boundaries; and it's a reminder that, however much the music press tries to pin them down with catchphrases - postmodern, post-rock, jazz-meets-minimalism - any such descriptions have always fallen short."
-Christian Carey, Signal to Noise

Tortoise Tour Dates:
07/11/09 Sat The Troubadour West Hollywood, CA

07/13/09 Mon Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA

07/15/09 Wed The Mohawk Austin, TX

07/17/09 Fri Union Park Chicago, IL

07/19/09 Sun Black Cat Washington, DC

07/20/09 Mon First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, PA

07/21/09 Tue Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY

07/24/09 Fri Fuji Rock Festival Niigata, JP

08/14/09 Fri La Route Du Rock Saint Malo, FRA

08/22/09 Sat Pukkelpop Hasselt, BEL

09/29/09 Tue Firebird St. Louis, MO

09/30/09 Wed Beaumont Club Kansas City, MO

10/01/09 Thu The Waiting Room Omaha, NE

10/02/09 Fri Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN

10/03/09 Sat Voices Warehouse Dubuque, IA

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