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Can You Feel Yourself Getting Jaded?

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Okay, okay. So maybe it's time to stop listening to The Cure in a darkened room and move on. We lost, fair and square this time. Maybe we were too hopeful. Maybe we didn't work hard enough. Maybe it just wasn't supposed to be this time. Whatever the reason, we're all disappointed and we have to deal with it.

But it's definitely time to put Disintegration back on the shelf and get on with living.

After all, we can always commiserate with others who share our disappointment. Others like Ted Leo.

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If you don't know who Ted Leo is, LAist is here to help show you the light. Ted and his band, The Pharmacists, have been producing exceptional, intelligent, witty, great albums since 1998, though Ted has been at it since his early days in DC's punk scene. He's a dyed-in-the-wool DIY-er, still carting his own equipment and sleeping on floors all over America to bring music to the masses. And, despite the fact that he is one of—if not the—most gifted songwriters currently working, he's still relatively unknown. This is where LAist comes in.

Ted Leo will be performing tomorrow night at the El Rey Theatre. If you are frustrated about the way this week has turned out, this is the best possible place to be. If you just like great music and an energetic live show, this is the best possible place to be. If you like all three, so much the better.

LAist has been at every LA show Ted Leo has played in the past five years, so this judgement comes from experience: if you like fun, interesting, smart music, show up at the El Rey Friday night.