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Ted Leo, Deathfix and Tianamen Bear

Ted Leo, Deathfix, Tiananmen Bear

When: Sat., March 23, 9 p.m. 2013

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Have you ever had an extremely intense relationship with someone that ultimately, and maybe inexplicably, didn't last very long? That's sort of how I think about Ted Leo—specifically, his 2004 effort with his band the Pharmacists, Shake the Sheets. For a brief, concentrated period of time, this was the only record that mattered to me. Although I can intellectually recognize how much it impacted me in hindsight, I've never been able to revisit it in quite the same way on an emotional level, but it's easy to see how I became initially hooked. Leo's music—even on record—has that eerie, "right in the room with you" quality that makes even his sweeter and more subdued compositions uncomfortably intense. It's a unique and immensely alluring characteristic. His latest release, 2010's The Brutalist Bricks, might not be as roundly exceptional as Sheets, but it's still a goddamned Ted Leo album. Tonight he performs solo on a bill with Deathfix, the band of Fugazi's Brendan Canty. MORGAN TROPER

Price: $10

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