Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Washington, DC

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Everyone’s favorite politically-inclined D.C. punk refuses to slow down or release a shitty album — this year’s The Brutalist Bricks is as invigorating as anything in Leo’s now-robust discography. Ted is still drunk on spiky guitars and dense wordplay, and when, in “Woke Up in Chelsea,” he repeatedly sings, “We are born of despair,” one can only be thankful that Leo and his Pharmacists are around to lift us up.

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