telling minor stories to avoid a major one

Seriously Serious Concert No. 9: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists/Titus Andronicus, 6/10/09 by Barbecue Bros
June 16, 2009, 10:36 am
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Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, originally uploaded by twoguns.

Before we headed out to Bonnaroo last Wednesday, we took in a show at Neighborhood Theatre in NoDa. I got there probably halfway into local group Bruce Hazel‘s set, which was kind of interesting in that they had something like 9 people on a small side stage, a first I had seen at the venue. The band itself had an interesting, somewhat messy sound. The show then moved to the main stage for New Jersey-based Titus Andronicus, who played a set of their fuzzed-out, sloppy-but-fun garage rock. I gotta say, the lead singer was kind of a trip, mumbling various stories between songs.

The last time Ted Leo and the Pharmacists were in Charlotte, he was suffering from voice loss and ended up using the audience to help him sing quite a bit. This time, his voice was in top form and the band had added a fourth member since I last saw them. Ted was as engaging as ever in between songs, and in addition to the more obscure songs and b-sides they had been playing on this tour (since they weren’t supporting a new album), they made sure to play all the older “hits.” We left a little early because we had bigger fish to fry, namely getting on the road to Bonnaroo. After the show, it occured to me that it had been about 8 years since I had first seen the band play at the small Gate City Noise record store on Tate St. in Greensboro. Still, I always enjoy seeing them in concert.

The rest of my photos from the show can be seen here.


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