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TORTOISE ANNOUNCE FALL TOUR DATES IN SUPPORT OF BEACONS OF ANCESTORSHIP

June 16, 2009
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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!

"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

"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:
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

Hi res jpegs of Tortoise are available for download here: http://thrilljockey.com/press/
Listen to/download Tortoise's "Prepare Your Coffin": http://www.thrilljockey.com/assets/freedownload/Tortoise-Prepare_Your_Coffin.mp3
Watch Tortoise's "Prepare Your Coffin" video here: http://www.thrilljockey.com/vault/vimeo/Tortoise-Prepare_Your_Coffin.html.

Tortoise on the web:
www.trts.com
www.thrilljockey.com/artists/index.html?id=10048
www.myspace.com/tortoise

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