Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – Hearts of Oak

Ted Leo

Ted Leo may be one of the best accidental secrets to hit the rock scene in the past decade or so. While he has successfully evaded much mainstream attention (with the possible exception of single “Me and Mia”), Leo continues to pump out album after album of great, catchy, pop-driven rock sing-alongs. Having dabbled in dub reggae, alternative rock, folk, and other genres, Leo has mastered the art of constructing well-written melodies into undeniable anthems.

This is largely evident on Hearts of Oak, the band’s third proper album (although their first release [tej leo(?), Rx / pharmacists] was largely a solo effort). Here, we get to see Leo’s potential as a songwriter and a one-man music machine, proving the power of a singer’s voice paired with a jangly guitar. With one listen to “Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone?”, you’ll be hard-pressed not to get your toes tapping. Go ahead, try it out.

“Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone?” by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

With a constantly-growing number of fans, it’ll be a miracle if they’re not playing to massive crowds in a couple of years. Until then, Ted Leo and crew will keep rocking the basements and smaller club shows for those lucky enough to experience it.

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If you’re interested, I’d recommend checking them out on tour in the coming months (dates posted below), and don’t forget to keep an eye out for the new album, The Brutalist Bricks, due out March 9th.

DATE CITY STATE VENUE
3/11/2010 Cleveland OH Grog Shop
3/12/2010 Pontiac MI The Crofoot
3/13/2010 Chicago IL Bottom Lounge
3/14/2010 Madison WI High Noon Saloon
3/15/2010 Minneapolis MN First Avenue
3/19/2010 Seattle WA Neumo’s
3/20/2010 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge (21+)
3/21/2010 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge (all ages matinee)
3/23/2010 San Francisco CA Great American Music Hall
3/27/2010 Los Angeles CA Troubadour
4/4/2010 Atlanta GA The Masquerade
4/5/2010 Carrboro NC Cat’s Cradle
4/7/2010 Philadelphia PA First Unitarian Church
4/8/2010 Washington DC 930 Club
4/9/2010 New York NY Irving Plaza
4/10/2010 Boston MA Paradise

-Alex


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