Ted Leo | Duke Coffeehouse | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

Clubs & Concerts

Ted Leo

When: Sat., Feb. 18, 9 p.m. 2012

Prolific D.C.-based songwriter and Pharmacists frontman Ted Leo steps out alone for this solo show, but don't expect the politically and socially minded singer to tone down his tunes for much of the set. Even without his backing trio, Leo's urgent indie rock is electric in both spirit and sound. Though Leo has streamlined his style over the past dozen-plus years, stray strands of influence (from dub, mod and rude-boy trends to folk and Celtic traditions) still stripe his jittery, dancy rhythms and melodic choruses chock full of hooks. Leo also has a knack for treating others' tunes as if they were his own. Merge mogul Mac McCaughan matches Leo's pep with the punk-edged slacker rock pioneered by Superchunk, along with the indie pop his Portastatic project has long championed. —Spencer Griffith

Price: $5-$10

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