Ted Leo and the Pharmacists are one of those bands that should have gotten their due a decade ago. Ted has been putting out albums for years now, chock full of melodic and abrasive power pop with punk sensibility, that rival anything Elvis Costello or Joe Jackson ever did. His lyrical content just stuns me, it's simply brilliant, song after song. It confounds me..the fact that he's not a superstar, and Vampire Weekend has every hipster poseur jumping from Williamsburg to Silverlake and back. His latest release "The Brutalist Bricks" is one of the best albums I've heard this year so far.
The Onion's A.V. Club has a contest in motion where any band(mostly indie fare) that comes through town on a tour, stops at their offices and has to choose, perform and record a big 80s or 90s hit from a list that they have compiled. This is Ted Leo and the Pharmacists' take on Tears For Fears' Everybody Wants to Rule the World.
I implore you to seek out Ted Leo. I don't often implore you to do anything but avoid bands and performers, so strike that and reverse it with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.