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Ted Leo and the Pharmacists to Perform The Tyranny of Distance at Black Cat

2012 is looking pretty great for the nostalgic D.C. indie rocker.

In April, you can see influential noise-poppers Black Tambourine and Lilys at Rosslyn's Artisphere as part of chickfactor's 20th anniversary celebration. In May and September The Make-Up will reunite for shows in London and New Jersey. (And hopefully, they'll squeeze in D.C., too.)

And now, expats Ted Leo and the Pharmacists have announced they'll return to the District on April 29 to mark, er, the 11th anniversary of The Tyranny of Distance, the neo-mod group's fondly remembered—I mean, at least by me—creative breakthrough. The show's at Black Cat, and the venue has posted a note from Leo:

NEW PLAN – help us finish out the 10th anniversary year of the release ofThe Tyranny of Distance (released in May 2001) by joining us for a concert at one of our homes away from all our homes, the Black Cat, in the city where the album was made, Washington, DC, on Sunday, April 29th! We will be performing a full set of career-spanning material that will include a final performance of the Tyranny LP in its entirety; but THAT'S NOT ALL – original album engineer Brendan Canty (Deadline, Brief Weeds) will be making a PROFESSIONAL CONCERT FILM of the whole thing for us to do something with at some point in the not too distant future. So please come – sing along, clap out of time, get the back of your head (or your front from the waist up) in the film – I don't think I'm jinxing it when I say this will be a really good night.

That'd be Brendan Canty of Fugazi and, more crucially, TrixieFilm, a company that's no stranger to well-produced concert docs.

All of which is to say I will briefly shelve my serious skepticism over full-album concerts and compete with you to buy tickets when they go on sale this Friday. I've put this song way too many mixtapes over the years:

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