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Ted Leo

9 pm. Sunday, May 8. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

Ted Leo remains one of the most uncompromising figures in rock.
Matias Corral
Ted Leo remains one of the most uncompromising figures in rock.

As a member of Chisel and the leader of current band the Pharmacists, proud New Jerseyan Ted Leo has built a near-peerless reputation for integrity and rugged survival. He's been compared to Elvis Costello and Joe Strummer, both in his pop-punk songwriting style and his lyrical mix of the personal and political. But he's not above having fun. The Pharmacists once wrote and performed a complete song, "The World Is in the Terlet," based on listeners' phoned-in lyrics live on Tom Scharpling's weekly radio show, and its video for "Bottled in Cork," from the Pharmacists' most recent album, The Brutalist Bricks, is a riotous parody of an American Idiot-like jukebox musical. Leo, who is performing solo on this tour, makes his first St. Louis appearace since 2007.

 
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