In many ways, Ted Leo is a throwback to a bygone era. Since his early days fronting D.C. trio Chisel, Leo's progressive songwriting always had an unabashedly populist bent, while his energetic hooks have remained true to their punk and hardcore roots. Since he forged a solo career with the Pharmacists early last decade, the sincerity of those convictions and the sharpness of the lyrics have, if anything, only been enhanced. What's more, in the tradition of another beloved rocker to call New Jersey home, Leo's no-frills style and all-or-nothing delivery provide the perfect recipe for one of the most exciting live shows in the country. His last record, 2007's Living with the Living, was admittedly the Pharmacists' most uneven, but the band's new effort, The Brutalist Bricks, comes with newfound stability after they signed with Merge. On the strength of single "Even Heroes Have to Die" alone, things appear right back where they ought to be in the world of Ted Leo. With Title Tracks and the Dynamiters. 18+.
Mon., March 15, 7:30 p.m., 2010