Articles tagged tortoise

17 Jan 2017 // 9:53 AM

Jeff Parker: Slight Freedom

Guitarist Jeff Parker has now surpassed his previous solo albums and everything he ever did with Tortoise on his vinyl release Slight Freedom.

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11 Jul 2016 // 10:50 AM

Jeff Parker: The New Breed

While unpacking boxes, Chicago guitarist Jeff Parker found demos for a fun, nifty little album that stands equal to his day job in Tortoise.

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19 Jan 2016 // 3:00 AM

The Tortoise Wins: An Interview with Dan Bitney

Tortoise's Dan Bitney talks about 25 years in post-rock, the band's latest collaboration with Chicago's free-jazz community and why it made sense to add vocals after all these years.

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Tortoise: The Catastrophist

Seven years since their last LP, the revered post-rock band return with a familiar but ultimately fulfilling album.

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10 Aug 2011 // 10:00 PM

Starlicker: Double Demon

Chicago mainstay Rob Mazurek's new trio is guided by heavy drums and vibes that fill in the missing space.

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Exploding Star Orchestra: Stars Have Shapes

It's not every day that a group this large can sound this unified and great.

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12 Jul 2010 // 11:37 AM

Tortoise: Ice Ice Gravy

Ice Ice Gravy is a sampling of all things Tortoise in 13 minutes.

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22 Feb 2010 // 8:14 AM

Tortoise: 18.February.2010 - Toronto

The only complaint about a near perfect show is that the big sounds of Tortoise were criminally underserved in the confines of a medium sized rock venue like Lee’s Palace. Words by Jacqueline Howell, Pictures by Dave MacIntyre.

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If you’re anywhere remotely close to Chicago, you should be happy to know that Tortoise is doing a free (free!) in-store performance at Reckless

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18 Aug 2009 // 9:57 PM

Rob Mazurek Quintet: Sound Is

Mazurek's latest Delmark release is a complete and well-sequenced work that's as simultaneously beautiful and challenging as anything in the cornetist's discography.

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Tortoise: Beacons of Ancestorship

Tortoise's first album in five years denies us a cinematic arc, replacing it with a feeling of now that runs through the album, making each new sound on the album both utterly surprising and inevitable.

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The Big Shoulders Ball: Celebrating the Inauguration, Chicago Style

A busload of Chicago's best and brightest independent musicians storm the nation's capital on the eve of the Presidential inauguration and a former Chicagoan turned Washingtonian discovers that maybe you can transport the spirit of the Windy City -- if only for one night.

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10 Jul 2007 // 3:42 AM

Tortoise helps musicians come out of their shells

Guitarist Jeff Parker has worked with Tortoise for nine years now, playing an important part on three of the Chicago band’s five albums, helping

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16 May 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Tortoise: Its All Around You

Chicago is no Seattle. It’s no Athens, Omaha or Detroit either. It’s too big a city to give birth to the next indie

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31 Dec 1994 // 11:03 PM

        Tortoise: Standards

Muso-futurist journalist Simon Reynolds defined the music of Tortoise for them several years ago: they’re “post-rock”, they’re “using rock instruments for non-rock purposes”.

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"No Dollars in Duende": On Making Uncompromising, Spirited Music

// Sound Affects

"On the elusive yet clearly existential sadness that adds layers and textures to music.

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