Ted Leo Celebrates 10 Years of ‘The Tyranny of Distance’ with Screaming Females, at the South Street Seaport, 9 July 2011


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Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of its release, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists performed The Tyranny of Distance in full at a free show at the South Street Seaport on Saturday, July 9th.  This is my third time I’ve seen Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, and I must say this was probably the best.  The music was good, the weather was perfect by showtime, and the fans crowd surfed and pogo’d along throughout the night.

Opening up for Ted and company was Screaming Females.  Soft spoken, clad in all black, singer Marisa Paternoster seemed like a rather quiet, reserved front woman for the New Brunswick, New Jersey band.  But if you saw them at last year’s Siren Festival, you knew this was not the case.  Paternoster’s guitar skills are amazing as she worked over her guitar throughout the set.  Aside from the intricate guitar work, Paternoster’s forceful vocals were quite unexpected for this petite young lady in a baby doll dress.  Screaming Females is definitely a band worth catching, if for no other reason than to be inspired to pick up a guitar.  Chicks with guitars, who play them like Slash, are pretty damn cool.

Below are photos from Saturday’s show:

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