Ted Leo is a man of the people. A vintage-back-patch, safety-pin-perforated hardcore punk at heart, he doesn’t hesitate to drop the names of anarcho-punk bands such as Flux of Pink Indians in his songs—not to mention acknowledge some of their ideals. He’s got 90s Lookout pop-punk and indie-rock genes, owing to his early-aughts releases on the now-shuttered label and his years in Chisel
. But that doesn’t mean he’s only interested in courting a punker-than-thou crowd. He’ll cover the Kelly Clarkson pop smash “Since U Been Gone” with nary a wink—or back up Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster as she tears through it
. He’ll partner with folk-rock-leaning singer-songwriter Aimee Mann because hey, why the hell not? (That duo, the Both
, makes its Chicago debut at the Hideout Block Party on Sat 9/7.) Oh, and with his band the Pharmacists (whose most recent release remains 2010’s The Brutalist Bricks
), Leo writes adroit, melodic indie-leaning pop-punk songs that would sound just as natural blasting from a dingy basement as they would soundtracking a TV car commercial (though Leo’s inner punk would probably rather set himself on fire than let the latter happen). —Kevin Warwick Teenage Bottlerocket, Trapper Schoepp & the Shades, Restorations, Planetsexploder, AM Taxi, and Mark Rose open. Music starts at 2:05 PM, and Ted Leo & the Pharmacists play at 8:45 PM on the South Stage. Ted Leo also plays at Subterranean on Sat 7/27.
Chicago psych-rock revivalists Secret Colours started out with their sights set on the genre’s mid-60s origins: fuzz-pedal explorers such as Pink Floyd, the Velvet Underground, and the Beatles in their early acid period. On their latest album, the self-released Peach, they show the influence of the generation of bands who were doing pretty much the same thing in the 80s and 90s, most of them in the UK. The spirit of Jason Spaceman looms large over the record, but there’s also an airiness to the production, an increased emphasis on rhythm, and a certain loony feel to the whole venture that’s reminiscent of the Madchester scene’s more rock-oriented groups; a few cuts have enough muscular hooks and trippy effects to evoke Oasis’s occasional (and frequently overlooked) detours into psychedelia. This set is part of Wicker Park Fest. —Miles Raymer Roky Erickson headlines; the Reigning Sound, Fly Golden Eagle, Treasure Fleet, Creepy Band, Secret Colours, and Meat Wave open. Music starts at 2:20 PM, and Secret Colours play at 3:25 PM. Secret Colours also play at the Double Door on Thu 7/25.