James Canty

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James Canty performing with The Make-Up in 1996.

James Canty is a Brooklyn, New York-based multi-instrumentalist musician from Washington, D.C.

Canty is currently known for playing guitar in the band Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, and guitar and keyboard with The Make-Up.[1] Before forming The Make-Up, Canty was the drummer for Nation of Ulysses, a political punk band that existed from 1987 to 1992.[2] Other groups Canty has played in include French Toast,[3] All Scars,[4] Georgie James, Cupid Car Club, Ideal Forms, Chain & The Gang, Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds, and Dust Galaxy.

Most of Canty's work has been with the bands signed to Dischord Records; however, he has also released music with K Records, Lookout Records, Kill Rock Stars, Matador Records and Drag City.

Canty is the younger brother of Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty and writer Kevin Canty.

In 2008, Canty recorded a digital EP called Rapid Response with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. The EP was created as a benefit for Democracy Now! and the Minneapolis chapter of Food Not Bombs, in response to police brutality during the 2008 Republican National Convention.

In 2014, Canty became the fill-in keyboardist for the television show Late Night with Seth Meyers.


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: The Make-Up". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: The Nation of Ulysses". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  3. ^ Apar, Corey. "Biography: French Toast". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  4. ^ Vallier, John. "Biography: The All Scars". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 July 2010.