Bottom of the Hill was packed from stage to door, teeming with Ted Leo super fans in a hurry to forget about the pouring rain outside. Anyone who'd been drunkenly talking over the warm up acts promptly shut up to hear each word Leo uttered; he's that respected. The nervy frontman (who usually gets so insane onstage he sheds blood) for his band the Pharmacists was rolling solo this time around, proving to be the perfect chance for Leo's heart-on-his-sleeve, politically-tinged songwriting to shine.
Oldies but goodies start and end the week, while a sprinkling of progressive hip-hop and the second annual Rock Make Street festival will be a nice warm-up for Outside Lands in t minus 10 days. So buckle up kids, here we go.
Green Day & Franz Ferdinand, HP Pavilion, 8/18: Get your blast from the past here with these ex-punk revivalists turned pop-rockers on tour for the first time in three years for their brand new album 21st Century Breakdown. Openers are Scottish sensations Franz Ferdinand.