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Benefit Wed Jun 02 2010

Tortoise Plays Benefit Show @ Lincoln Hall, 6/3/10

Chicago's ever-entertaining experimental band Tortoise plays a special benefit show tomorrow night at Lincoln Hall. Benefiting The Drummond Montessori School, the show will be a sweet break from the post-holiday work-a-day grind. If you're not familiar with the band, Tortoise is an ensemble of sorts, bringing 20+ years of harmonious improvisation to their lives shows as well as recorded material. Tortoise released Beacons of Ancestorship in 2009 along with a remix album the same year (you can take a listen to the albums at the Thrill Jockey website). Their songs can be ethereal and shrouded in fog, or blissfully upbeat in a rolling-down-a-hill-of-freshly-cut-grass kind of way. I find their music a mood-lifter, even with their quieter, mellower sets. Tortoise is a bit of a sticky wicket to categorize. They're synthy, funky, jazzy. Their music has a way of making me think of college dorms and black lights, while also coming off as adult, polished, professional, and insanely smart. Any way you like to think about them, make tracks to come out to Lincoln Hall and take in the show Thursday. You'll have the satisfaction of knowing your money is going to a worthwhile cause, and the smugness of knowing you're spending your Thursday night right where you should.

[mp3] Tortoise - "Prepare Your Coffin" from Beacons of Ancestorship

Tortoise plays Lincoln Hall on Thursday, June 3rd along with D. Rider. Tickets are $20 and benefit the Drummond Montessori School. 8pm, 21+.

Tortoise - Prepare Your Coffin from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


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Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
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Victory Records

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