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Leo performs at Gabe’s

BY DI STAFF | MAY 05, 2011 7:20 AM

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Indie-rock stalwart Ted Leo will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington, with opening acts the Poison Control Center and the Color Pharmacy. Admission for the all-ages show is $12.

Known primarily for his work with backing band the Pharmacists, with which he has released nine albums, Leo has been a mainstay of the independent music scene for more than two decades. The New Jersey native has made a career out of frenetic guitar playing, a strong, oft-employed falsetto, and enthusiastic, hook-laden songs. His solo performance will allow fans a more intimate experience of his style.

Leo also has a reputation as a man of strong convictions — he has practiced veganism for years and often speaks and sings bluntly about his political beliefs. And though these topics arise in his lyrics, the catchy, energetic tunes render the themes not only digestible but also enjoyable.

— by Ryan Cole


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