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TED LEO + PHARMACISTS 

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Consistency isn't the most glamorous quality in a rock musician--lots of fans, myself included, are more likely to get weak-kneed over reckless experimentation. But there's a certain quiet pleasure in following an artist as he patiently refines a sound. Over the past seven and a half years Ted Leo--aided by his astoundingly good backing band, the Pharmacists--has established himself as a master craftsman of punked-up political pop, which he seasons with bits of Thin Lizzy, the Pogues, and 70s reggae. None of the seven records he's released in that time is a radical departure from the others, but each is better than the one before it. Listen to them in order and it's like watching a time-lapse film of a sculptor chiseling his way toward a masterpiece--which the flawless new Living With the Living (Leo's first for Touch and Go) just might be. Love of Diagrams opens. a 7:30 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-0203 or 312-559-1212, $15. A

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