Ted Leo & The Pharmacists played downtown two nights ago. I hear he puts on a great live show and yet I didn't really think twice about going, knowing that it would probably be pretty raucous. But why? I. don't. know. how. to. move. For someone who hasn't even shed her self-consciousness in the church setting, it's only logical that it hasn't happened in this setting either. Those hipsters really get in the way. When is it just you and the music? When is it just you and anything?
It's weird, you go to shows to see bands you've grown to love and idolize, maybe their music has changed your life somehow, and then you are treated to unpolished sounds and you see sweaty people just like you. Do people simply expect live experiences to remind them and offer a raw look of their favorite songs? What constitutes a very good show?