Free At Noon Flashback: Ted Leo brings The Pharmacists along for a revved up, reflective set

Ted Leo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Things I was not expecting when arriving at work today: that it would be snowing by mid-day. That Jersey indie rock vet Ted Leo would have his longtime band The Pharmacists in tow for today’s Free at Noon set. That I would be screaming along to “Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone?” while attempting to shoot photos and not bump into the people around me too drastically. (Sorry, everyone.)

It’s true, Leo’s been on the road with this remarkable group of players — multi-instrumentalist James Canty, saxophone player and vocalist Adrienne Berry, drummer Chris Wilson, guitarist and singer Ralph Darden and bassist Marty Violence — since September, in support of his new record The Hanged Man. And the album is his first released under his own name, versus the standard “and the Pharmacists” credit…so the billing I read versus the performance I saw should not have totally caught me unawares. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at Union Transfer, Ms. Lauryn Hill at BB&T, Bastille at The Fillmore, plus more

Ted Leo | photo courtesy of the artist

Ted Leo is back and bringing his trusty crew, the Pharmacists, with him to Union Transfer tonight. This past week, Leo smashed his seven year hiatus with the new record, The Hanging Tree, which was funded through the generosity of his fans via a successful Kickstarter campaign. Watch his latest video for “Can’t Go Back,” below, then find info on tonight’s show here. Continue reading →


Photos: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at Chronic Town in State College (playing Morgan’s Pier tonight)

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists | Photo by Chris Sikich |
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists | Photo by Chris Sikich |

All photos by Chris Sikich |

By chance I happened to be in State College for a week, bringing me to the underground hookah-drenched lair of Chronic Town last Thursday for a night of punk rock in the form of Ted Leo and The Pharmacists. Playing their first show as a full band in over a year according to the front man himself, they gave a heavy dosage of rock to a semi-subdued, yet jubilant crowd. Leo circled his corner of the stage like a boxer punching forth with his Gibson and punkish utterances. James Canty’s guitar, Chris Wilson’s drums, and Marty Key’s bass provided background sonic thunder. Leo pondering the club’s name and whether anyone actually referred to it as Chronic Town (not a whisper from the audience gave him an answer) and the sound men thinking the show was over when Leo was calling for an encore were odd moments indeed, but they could not damper the delight Leo and his fellow Rx practitioners showed at being on the stage together again. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below; the band plays a free show tonight at Morgan’s Pier.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Waxahatchee at Morgan’s Pier, Paul Weller at Union Transfer

Tonight we’ve got an incredible double header at Morgan’s Pier.  Indie punk stalwarts Ted Leo and the Pharmacists will play with newcomer Waxahatchee for the low price of free (though you must be over 21 for the event).  Ted Leo and the Pharmacists released their incredible sixth studio album The Brutalist Bricks back in 2010 and it’s just as catchy as ever, featuring a musical combination of punk, rock pop and dub.  Waxahatchee, the solo project of Kate Crutchfield joins the band to bring an acoustic punk element to the event.  Her second album, Cerulean Salt, was released in March to critical acclaim and continued in her off-kilter folk-rock stylings from the past.  It’s a combo you really don’t want to miss. Click here for more information and check out some songs from the bands below.

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Just Announced: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists playing Morgan’s Pier on July 31st

Ted Leo at the XPoNential Music Festival 2011
Ted Leo at the XPoNential Music Festival 2011

While righteous indie-punk torchbearer Ted Leo has been making the tour rounds sans-Pharmacists lately (either solo basement shows, like we saw at Nacho House back in November, or solo theater gigs opening for Aimee Mann), a round of full band shows has been announced today via Matador Records, and it includes a date at Morgan’s Pier on July 31st.

While this also answers a question that’s been on our minds as summer approaches (Q “Will Morgan’s Pier be hosting live music again?” A “Yes, evidently!”), it’s not clear as of yet whether this is a free show (as all of last summer’s were) or a ticketed gig. [UPDATE 4/18: It is a free show. Woohoo!] Either way, Ted and the RX always slay in concert, so this one’s bound to be a treat. Below, check out a video (dang near ten years old) of the band playing “Mia and Mia” in the First Unitarian Church basement.


Today and tonight in concerts: Popped! Music Fest, Philly F/M Fest, Riot Fest with X and the Dead Milkmen, Meg Baird, Revolution, I Love You, Ted Leo, Andrew Lipke

Take a deep breath and get ready to rock: it’s an eventful Saturday in Philly. Today both the Popped! Music Festival and the Philly F/M Fest continue.

Popped! is at the Liacouras Center at 1776 N. Broad Street on Temple’s campus. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Lineup for Popped! is:

Nikki Jean 11:25am
Anamanaguchi 11:50am
Patty Crash 12:15
Black Landlord 12:40
Zee Avi 1:05
Mates Of State 1:35
Cults 2:15
Sun Airway 2:55
Budos Band 3;35
Charles Bradley 4:15
Titus Andronicus 4:55
Rakim 5:35
Kreayshawn 6;15
Foster The People 7:00
Girl Talk 8:00
Pretty Lights 9:30

Today’s Philly F/M Fest highlight is the two stage Riot Fest at Festival Pier. Gates open at 11:30. Purchase tickets here.

Riot East Stage
12:00 p.m. – The Heels
12:40 p.m. – Brothers From Another
1:40 p.m. – Population Zero
2:40 p.m. – The Holy Mess
3:40 p.m. – The Menzingers
4:40 p.m. – Samiam
5:40 p.m. – 7Seconds
6:40 p.m. – Suicide Machines
7:50 p.m. – Hot Water Music
9:10 p.m. – X (plays “Los Angeles”)

Riot West Stage
12:20 p.m. – Lionize
1:10 p.m. – The Claw
2:10 p.m. – Larry And His Flask
3:10 p.m. – Shot Baker
4:10 p.m. – Weston
5:10 p.m. – Excitebike
6:10 p.m. – Naked Raygun
7:10 p.m. – Plow United
8:30 p.m. – Dead Milkmen
9:50 p.m. – Descendents

Other highlights:
Meg Baird + Glenn Jones, Watery Love at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15, 21+, $10); Andrew Lipke And The Azrael Quartet at Tin Angel (10:30 p.m., 21+, $10); Ted Leo And The Pharmacists + Dry Feet at Johnny Brenda’s (1:30 p.m., all ages, $15); Black Landlord at Milkboy Philly (9 p.m., 21+, free); Revolution, I Love You (record-release show) + Penrose, Panic Years at World Cafe Live (8:40 p.m., 21+, $11)


Ted Leo and the Pharmacists announce two September dates at Johnny Brenda’s

Ted Leo at the XPoNential Music Festival 2011

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists have announced a fall tour, continuing an already busy year on the road. Leo & co. were just in Philly this past weekend, performing The Tyranny of Distance (their first album as a full band) at the XPoNential Music Festival. They seem to enjoy the city, seeing as the tour will kick off here with a pair of dates on Friday, September 23rd and Saturday, September 24th at Johnny Brenda’s. The 21+ Friday night show will take place at 9:15pm and cost $15; tickets go on sale Friday at noon and will be available here. The Saturday show will be a rare all-ages matinee at 1:30pm; tickets also go on sale Friday at noon and will be available here. Opening the matinee will be Philly surf-punk trio Dry Feet. Below, a video from Ted’s performance at the XPoNential Music Festival this past Saturday.


Keb’ Mo’ playing a special solo acoustic set at the XPoNential Music Festival on Saturday July 23rd

Keb’ Mo’ has been added to the lineup for the XPoNential Music Festival the weekend of July 22nd-24th. Keb’ will be playing a special solo acoustic show on the River Stage on Saturday, July 23rd. Keb’ will be playing a full band show at at Longwood Gardens on September 17th, however you’ll be able to see him on the bill that day at XPo Fest with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, Booker T, Sun Airway, Dar Williams, Artist To Watch Givers, Hezekiah Jones & Andrew Lipke, and David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket. Keb’ has a new album called The Promise coming out on August 2nd. Tickets to the festival can be purchased here.


Booker T, playing the XPoNential Music Festival, has a new video with Yim Yames

Soul and R&B legend Booker T is playing Saturday, July 23rd, at WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival along with Ted Leo And The Pharmacists, Givers, Sun Airway, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and others. Booker’s new album, The Road To Memphis, is produced by Questlove of The Roots and features members from The Roots. Below, a new video for a song, “Progress,” which features Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket. The XPoNential Music Festival is July 22-24th at Wiggins Park, Camden NJ. You can buy tickets to the XPoNential Music Festival here.