As if there weren't enough reasons to love Ted Leo, his explosion on Sarah Palin during a Liz Glover interview was pretty impressive: "[The election]'s taken an insanely scary turn, and it shows just how frightened we actually need to be... I can't believe that we've descended into such a state... where we actually consider voting for these people to be running our country." The ever-political and musically ingenious songwriter has always had a lot to say, and just over a month ago Ted Leo and his Pharmacists released a "hastily written and recorded" digital EP in response to the violence at the 2008 Republican National Convention. All politics aside, the music TL/Rx puts out sure is great; the hybrid rock and roll sound is all Leos own, and his observant lyrics reveal the caring, politically-aware person behind the riffs and dance beats. With Against Me!, Future of the Left. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 8 p.m., $21 adv, $24 dos. All ages.
Fri., Oct. 24, 8 p.m., 2008