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RJD2 & Tortoise with The 1939 Ensemble


Showbox (map) Downtown
Fri., April 21, 8 p.m. 2017 All Ages

Kelly O

Two Midwestern instrumental heavyweights with backgrounds in electronic music come together in this exciting Friday night bill. Tortoise purvey mostly-instrumental post-rock that is heavy on the experimentation but still mostly accessible, calling on prog, avant jazz, minimalism, dub, krautrock, and even occasional shades of exotica and funk. Seventh and latest The Catastrophist finds the Chicago five-piece dipping into 1980s retro-tech synthscapes, their dark, pressing, churning quality segueing into quieter, more studied moments. RJD2 has a groove-saturated, funk and hiphop-oriented style driven by his undisputed turntable chops; his live setup finds him solo, jumping between four of them to build his dance-hawking songs. He’s issued six albums, the most recent being 2016’s Dame Fortune, which features longtime collaborators like soul-blues crooner Son Little and fellow Columbus native, the rhyme-slinging Blueprint. LEILANI POLK

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