Ted Leo + Pharmacists, Title Tracks, Chicago Stone Lightning Band | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Ted Leo + Pharmacists, Title Tracks, Chicago Stone Lightning Band All Ages Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks Recommended The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Sat., March 13, 7 p.m. 2010
Price: $15
When Ted Leo's killer college band, Chisel, were graduating from Notre Dame in 1990, they were torn between Chicago and D.C. They picked D.C., which is smart—their foppish, mannered mod pop might have not found a good home amid the macho din that swelled from our city back then. Twenty years later, Ted's mod soul has endured, and it's incandescent. His latest solo jawn, The Brutalist Bricks—his first for Matador—is his most energized, confident, and best articulated album since 2001's Tyranny of Distance. He moves easily among all the things he can do: the soft soulfulness of "One Polaroid a Day," where his voice is sweet and husky; the piano-driven power-pop polemics of "Woke Up Near Chelsea"; the Damned-esque punk hooks of "Where Was My Brain." Put together they make as pure a Ted Leo record as you could wish for. Title Tracks and the Chicago Stone Lightning Band open. —Jessica Hopper



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