Any music writer will tell you 1979 was a great year for punk and new wave. By that standard, brainy and tenacious Ted Leois a music critic´s wet dream. He sings like Joe Jackson (only with a better falsetto), has the lyrical eye of Paul Weller (only from an American perspective), and rocks with the intensity of London Calling-era Clash. In the Pharmacists, he´s even got a great ¨and¨ band, like Graham Parker´s Rumour or Elvis Costello´s Attractions. The Washington, D.C., singer/songwriter´s latest record, Shake the Sheets,is gutsy and clever enough to favorably stand up to such comparisons. It´s also a worthy successor to the acclaimed one-two punch of 2001´s The Tyranny of Distanceand 2003´s Hearts of Oak. No one else in Leo´s generation is doing this kind of stuff right now, so make sure you get a dose when you have the chance.