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Indie rocker Ted Leo to play The House

Published: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

Ted Leo, front man of indie rock band Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, will give an acoustic performance at 8 p.m. Sunday at The House Cafe, DeKalb. Tickets cost $12 for this all-ages show.

Albums by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists have drawn critical praise from Picthfork, Spin, Billboard and just about every music blog under the sun.

Since the early ‘90s, Ted Leo has been a progressive force in East Coast independent music, with a unique combination of punk and folk, soul and hardcore, and tradition and experimentation.

Originally rising to a small degree of fame in the late-1980s New York hardcore scene by playing with Citizen’s Arrest and Animal Crackers, Leo left New York for Washington, D.C., in 1990, when he founded and fronted Chisel, one of the first mod/punk revival outfits to gain national renown.

Leo was the primary songwriter and singer of Chisel, recording two full-length records with the band which were released on Gern Blandsten in the mid-’90s and leading the band on countless short tours.

In the spring of 2000, Leo’s sophomore effort, “Treble in Trouble,” was released on New Jersey-based Ace Fu Records, displaying a more aggressive and romantic bent to Leo’s writing.

In the early summer of 2001, Leo released a polished studio effort, “The Tyranny of Distance,” on Lookout Records. A strong contender for record of the year, it was followed by the equally strong “Hearts of Oak” in 2003. “Shake the Sheets,” which appeared in 2004, would prove to be his last for then-troubled Lookout, as Leo signed with Chicago-based indie Touch and Go in February 2006.

A tour followed in March, on which he was supported by the Duke Spirit and Les Aus. He continued touring throughout 2006, festivals such as Coachella and headlining dates alike, as new material was worked on as well. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists eventually returned in March 2007 with “Living with the Living.” In 2009, Leo signed with Matador, and the following year he released his first record with them “The Brutalist Bricks” in 2010.

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