Acclaimed Chicago instrumentalists Tortoise have lined up an extensive world tour in support of "Standards," the group's fourth Thrill Jockey album, due Feb. 20. The European portion of the trek will

Acclaimed Chicago instrumentalists Tortoise have lined up an extensive world tour in support of "Standards," the group's fourth Thrill Jockey album, due Feb. 20. The European portion of the trek will begin March 22 in Darmstadt, Germany, and wrap April 30 in Eindhoven, Holland. Labelmates the Sea & Cake will support from March 22-April 8.

North American dates are still being finalized, but are expected to kick off in early May in the band's hometown and run through mid-June. Japanese electronic artist Nobukazu Takemura will support on some, if not all, of these dates, while a handful of shows at the tail end of the jaunt will be staged as double bills with German electronic duo Mouse On Mars.

As previously reported, the European concerts will include performances at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, U.K. Tortoise is serving as the musical "curators" of the event, which is set to feature the first live appearance in more than eight years from seminal New York rock act Television. Other confirmed acts include Autechre, the Sea & Cake, Boards Of Canada, Calexico, ESG, Lambchop, the Ex, and Yo La Tengo.

Without eschewing Tortoise's love of bottom-heavy tones, complicated drumming, mallet instruments, and decidedly non-rock reference points, the 10-track, 44-minute "Standards" is "more immediate" and "less ponderous and precious" than 1998's "TNT," according to bassist Doug McCombs. The set will be simultaneously released in Europe under a new distribution deal with pre-eminent electronic label Warp.

Here are Tortoise's European tour dates:
March 22: Darmstadt, Germany (Centralstation)
March 23: Munchen, Germany (Muffathalle)
March 24: Wien, Austria (Szene)
March 25: Bologna, Italy (Estragon)
March 26: Milan (Magazzini Generali)
March 27: Rome (Palladium)
March 28: Florence, Italy (Tenax)
March 29: Marseille/Montpelier, France (location/venue TBA)
March 30: Madrid (Caraco)
March 31: Lisbon, Portugal (Paradise Garage)
April 1: Barcelona (Bikini)
April 2: Paris (venue TBA)
April 3: Brussels (Ancienne Belgique)
April 4: Amsterdam (Paradiso)
April 6-8: Camber Sands, U.K. (All Tomorrow's Parties festival)
April 10: Bochum, Germany (Bahnhof Langendreer)
April 11: Bielefeld, Germany (Forum)
April 12: Hamburg, Germany (Fabrik)
April 13: Berlin (ColumbiaFritz)
April 14: Dresden, Germany (Star Club)
April 15: Arhus, Denmark (Voxhall)
April 16: Oslo (Bla)
April 17: Stockholm (Kagelbanan)
April 18: Malmo, Sweden (KB)
April 19: Copenhagen (Loppen)
April 20: Koln, Germany (Kantine)
April 21: Bourges, France (Printemps Du Bourges)
April 22: Heidelberg, Germany (Karlstorbahnhof)
April 24: Ljubljana, Slovenia (Cancarjew Dom)
April 25: Salzburg, Austria (Jazz In Theater)
April 26: Schorndorf, Germany (Manufaktur)
April 27: Fribourg, Czech Republic (Fri-Son)
April 28: Stans, Czech Republic (Theatersaal Musiktage)
April 29: Basel, Czech Republic (Kulturwerkstatt Kaserne)
April 30: Eindhoven, Holland (Effenaar)

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