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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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