03/15 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair #
03/16 - New York, NY @ Poisson Rouge #
03/17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield #
03/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts #
03/19 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat #
03/20 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern #
03/21 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel #
03/22 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall #
03/23 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House #
03/24 - Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio #
04/26 - Boise, ID @ Radio Boise Tuesday
04/27 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
04/28 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
04/29 - Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
04/30 - Sonoma, CA @ Sonoma Winery
05/01 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American
05/02 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
05/03 - Solana Beach @ Belly Up
05/04 – Phoenix AZ @ Desert Daze
05/06 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
05/08 - Dallas, TX @ Dada
05/09 - St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
05/10 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
05/11 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
05/12 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird
05/13 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
05/14 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
05/27 - Torino, IT @ Cap10100
05/28 - Brescia, IT @ Latteria Molloy
05/29 - Munich, DE @ Feierwerk
05/30 - Frankfurt, DE @ Das Bett
05/31 - Paris, FR @ TBA
06/01 - Koln, DE @ Kulturkirche
06/02 - Besancon, FR @ La Rodia
06/05 - This Is Not A Love Song Festival
06/06 - Toulouse, FR - Metronum
06/08 - Metz, FR @ Les Trinitaires
06/09 Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix
07/03 - Keflavik, IS @ ATP Iceland
07/05 - Berlin, DE @ Columbia Theater
# w/ Mind Over Mirrors
The Chicago band’s music defies any standard categorization, one song will sound like Steely Dan-esque explorations in jazz, the next song right out of a 70’s Western, the next a psychedelic-tinged riff-driven song.
The instrumental quartet (Dan Bitney; Doug McCombs; Jeff Parker; John Herndon; John McEntire) has a unique set up (two bass guitars, three percussionists switching between drums, vibraphones and marimbas) that often had the band playing musical chairs, swapping instruments and switching places between songs.
The longtime post-rock band (in existence since 1990) is out in support of their recently released, The Catastrophist (Thrill Jockey Records), which even includes their take on the David Essex classic, ‘Rock On’ though we didn’t hear that one performed live this night.
Mind over Mirrors
The result transfixed the audience with its sweeping electronic sound, sounding very much like a 35 minute science fiction movie soundtrack as the crowd surrounded him on all sides, like a camp fire.
Tortoise took the stage next for their 80-minute headlining set it was without fanfare or circumstance, just five musicians displaying their highly technical craft on stage.
And, like the tortoise in the famous fable, the band takes its time musically to get to a destination; not a bad thing at all, because the sonics involved in the journey are often revelatory.
There wasn’t very much conversation between songs at all- a short “thanks, humans” after the first four songs and a short humorous story about percussionist McEntire hearing the band on his local radio station… but the DJ getting the song title wrong.
Anchored by the percussionists, the guitars punctuated the songs with the various other instruments (vibes, samples, marimbas) adding more worldly flavor.
Tortoise’s set list
Methodical and multi-faceted, this Tortoise won the race this night, its instrumental soundtrack fitting for a late winter mid-week night in Minneapolis.
Tortoise’s The Catastrophist is available now on Thrill Jockey.
Tortoise at Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis (09 Mar 2016)