Ted Leo officially signed to Touch and Go Records. Leo joins a roster which includes legendary acts like The Ex, Negative Approach, Big Black, the Jesus Lizard, Slint and many others.

The former frontman of Citizen's Arrest, Animal Crackers and Chisel had this to say:
As sad as I am that circumstances have forced a move from Lookout! Records, I'm insanely happy and thankful to be able to make that move over to Touch & Go. T&G is a label that has provided me, personally, with amazing music for 25 years; over those years, I have become friends with many of their artists and staff, and it's an honor to now be a real part of their ongoing ruling-ness.

In many ways, this decision was an incredibly hard one to make, since I also have great respect for and friendship with a number of other labels who we have been talking to, and what I'm about to say could also apply to them, but in a very big way, T&G's history is my history, like Lookout!'s history is my history, like Gern Blandsten's history is my history -- American Punk Rock,

As previously reported, Mr. Leo is in "deep writing mode" for his rock 'n roll songs with backing band The Pharmacists. The album will be the follow up to 2004's acclaimed Shake the Sheets.

The band will begin touring starting March 2nd, and will be joined by Duke Spirit, Les Aus. During that tour, they will spend a few days at SXSW and following it, a trip to Coachella.

DateCityVenue
March 2, 2006Brooklyn, NYThe Hook
March 3, 2006Providence, RIThe Living Room
March 4, 2006Boston, MAParadise
March 5, 2006New Haven, CTToads Place
March 6, 2006Rochester, NYBug Jar
March 7, 2006Cleveland, OHGrog Shop
March 8, 2006Ann Arbor, MIBlind Pig
March 10, 2006Chicago, ILAbbey Pub
March 11, 2006Newport, KYSouthgate House
March 12, 2006Nashville, TNExit/In
March 13, 2006Little Rock, ARVino's
March 14, 2006Dallas, TXGypsy Tea Room
March 15, 2006San Antonio, TXSanctuary
March 16, 2006Austin, TXThe Parish Room
March 17, 2006Austin, TXRed 7
March 18, 2006Austin, TXEmo's Alternative Lounging
March 19, 2006Houston, TXWalter's
March 20, 2006Baton Rouge, LAChelsea's Cafe
March 22, 2006Athens, GA40 Watt Club
March 23, 2006Charlotte, NCCasbah at Tremont Music Hall
March 24, 2006Washington, DCBlack Cat
March 26, 2006New York, NYKnitting Factory
April 30, 2006Indio, CACoachella Valley Music Festival