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    Trampled by Turtles play Tucson
    Pieter M. van Hattem

    Photo Courtesy of / Trampled by Turtles, a band composed of five artists, will perform at the Rialto Theatre on Monday. Trampled by Turtles has a unique bluegrass-esque sound.

    Trampled by Turtles, a band originally started for the musicians to take an acoustic break from their rock bands, will perform at the Rialto Theatre on Monday at 8 p.m.

    The string band started off just jamming together in Duluth, Minn., in 2003. The band members had so much fun that they decided to take themselves and their music more seriously. Trampled by Turtles includes five artists: Dave Simonett on guitar, Tim Saxhaug on bass, Dave Carroll on banjo, Erik Berry on mandolin and Ryan Young on fiddle.

    Trampled by Turtles is now opening its sixth album, Stars and Satellites. This album is known as the band’s best one yet, as the Associated Press named it the number 10 Best Album of 2012, writing that the LP “adds a layer of artistry and emotion only hinted at in previous work.”

    There were some high expectations for Stars and Satellites after it received such rave reviews from Palomino.

    Do not be fooled by Trampled by Turtles bluegrass-labeled genre or plaid-and-cowboy-hat style. The group has killer musicianship, and it’s become an aficionado of its string only-acoustic style. The Chicago Tribune said that at a sold-out show the band played, the “burgeoning acoustic quintet strummed and scraped strings with the swiftness and intensity of a speed-metal band.” This could be attributed to all of the musicians coming from punk-rock bands, incorporating each of their past styles into their new acoustic one.

    Fans are looking forward to the live show because, as the Los Angeles Times wrote, Trampled by Turtles is “not just here to make you dance, they’ve come for your soul.” For those who are connoisseurs of concerts, dancing is almost mandatory — especially on the booming floor of the Rialto Theatre. However, shows are exponentially more fun when dancing comes naturally, as if the band has “come for your soul.”

    While the band has been on tour since it officially formed in 2003, not all of the Trampled by Turtles reviews rave about its live shows. The Washington Post seemed to be an adamant fan of the band’s music, not just its performance. It writes that the band creates a “sound that seeps deeply into our pores and permeates our core until their riffs merge with our pulse.”

    The show is general admission (standing room only) and the tickets are $20-$23. The doors will open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.

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