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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Last Night: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at Great American Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 8:03 AM

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Ted Leo and the Pharmacists 
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 
Great American Music Hall

Better than: staying home to catch the new episode of Lost.


The air in the Great American Music Hall became electrified last night when Ted Leo stepped center stage to do a quick mic check right before going on. "What?" he blurted while scouring the audience for the soundman. The crowd responded with mighty whoops and hollers. "I wasn't talking to you!" he yelled back.

Ted Leo is in the midst of a nationwide tour promoting his new album The Brutalist Bricks, which was released earlier this month. The record is full of Leo's usual bouncy pop anthems and signature lightning fast strums. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists took the stage in a rush of twangy guitar strings and fast-paced snare paradiddles. The drums pounded so hard in fact, that the snare head on Chris Wilson's (aka "Big Steve's") drum kit burst at the finish of the fourth song. Leo explained to the crowd that Steve had tried to purchase a new snare head earlier that day from a Guitar Center just up the street. Luckily, the cute indie rock opening band, Sally Crewe and the Sudden Moves, saved the day by lending Steve their snare. The show continued on in a flurry, with fans screaming especially loud at the start of "Me and Mia," a song off of Leo's 2004 album Shake The Sheets.

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