The Many Sounds of the City

April 26, 2012

Singer-songwriter Ted Leo’s 2001 LP “The Tyranny of Distance” is a D.C. classic. Leo, a longtime local scene fixture, recorded it a few years after his previous band, Chisel, broke up, and it marked the start of a post-mod pop sound that would become his trademark. To mark the album’s 10th anniversary, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists will play “Tyranny” in its entirety Sunday at the Black Cat, and Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty, who recorded the LP, will bring along his TrixieFilm company to document the concert. Here are a few other albums by D.C.-associated artists we’d love to see performed, the space-time continuum and mortality notwithstanding.

Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On” (Motown, 1971): This brooding soul masterpiece is brilliant musically and lyrically, perfectly capturing the era’s civil strife and progressive artistry.

Trouble Funk, “Straight Up Funk Go Go Style” (Jamtu, 1981): Because no studio album can match Trouble Funk — or any go-go band — in concert, this live recording of epic call-and-response jams gets the nod.

Rites of Spring, “Rites of Spring” (Dischord, 1985): This lone LP from the greatest punk band to come out of D.C. is one of the finest combinations of rage and melody ever captured on tape.

Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW; Fri., 9 p.m., & Sun., 8 p.m., sold out; 202-667-7960. (U Street)
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