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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Today The Stranger Suggests…

posted by on June 26 at 11:00 AM


(MUSIC) The term “post-rock” has become a nondescriptor, but if it applies to anyone it applies to Tortoise. The Chicago quintet comprises five virtuoso players, egalitarian in their approach, angling toward a shifting, dramatic sort of instrumental equilibrium. Yeah, it’s brainy stuff, but a band this comfortable with breaking bounds can make trigonometry sound soulful. (Neumo’s, 925 E Pike St, 709-9467. 8 pm, $15, 21+.) JONATHAN ZWICKEL

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One of the few times I was at CHAC was for a video night. People apparently went out in the neighborhood with fancy cams and broadcasted short performances in realtime. It would be 'cool' if we could have a live visual feed from Neumos tonight, or viceversa.

Posted by Garrett | June 26, 2007 11:37 AM

Tortoise: breaking the bounds....of 1993. Since 1993.

Posted by Fnarf | June 26, 2007 11:47 AM

Oooh, look out everybody, the pop guy's gettin' snarky!

You know what's really groundbreaking? Indie pop! You just never know what's coming next!

Posted by Levislade | June 26, 2007 12:22 PM

I'm with Snarf--and amazed that a band as bereft of ideas as Tortoise would stick together as long as they have. (16 years! Or, approximately 6 more years than the Beatles!) Imagine if, like, the Sea and Cake was still around today. Wouldn't that be almost creepy? Wait a second...

Posted by Eric F | June 26, 2007 12:56 PM

Well, Levislade, if "groundbreaking" was really important, maybe you'd have a point. Or not. But it isn't, so who cares?

Because, as I'm sure you will agree, SNARK is the important thing here.

Posted by Fnarf | June 26, 2007 1:32 PM

I don't think it matters if they are groundbreaking or not, just if they sound cool. As for that, they do.

Posted by mthead | June 26, 2007 3:07 PM

Portland's Yellow Swans just got added to this bill, so if you were hedging your bets 'til now, go! And if you were already going, go early.

Posted by Joshua H | June 26, 2007 4:28 PM

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