Ted Leo Photo by Mindy Tucker

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Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Nov. 11
8 p.m.
$18-$20
Indie Rock, Punk, Rock, Singer-Songwriter

Indie-punk lifer Ted Leo and his backing band the Pharmacists released a handful of cult-classic albums between 1999 and 2010, and now they’re touring together for the first time since 2011. September’s self-released, Kickstarter-funded The Hanged Man, Leo’s first album since he and Aimee Mann released a self-titled LP as the Both in 2014, is credited to just Leo, though Pharmacists drummer Chris Wilson also contributes. On the expansive, ruminative album Leo successfully experiments with different styles, such as Motown soul, and sings courageously about personal subjects including the tragic late-term miscarriage he and his wife went through in 2011. But while the album is, in some respects, Leo as we’ve never heard him before, he’s in a familiarly urgent and punchy mode on some of its highlights, including the fist-pumping power-poppers “Run to the City” and “You’re Like Me.” With Ian Sweet. 


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