My heart belongs to Merriweather, but the indoor IMP venues 930 Club and the new The Lincoln Theatre have my kidneys and lungs. These awesome venues are hosting some incredible artists this spring and providing fabulous date night and ladies’ nights for us.
Aimee Mann is my ultimate girl crush, and her concert with husband Michael Penn at The Birchmere was the first concert my now-husband and I ever saw together. This year she is touring with Ted Leo, and their collaboration is called The Both. I would try and sum up their sound or reason for touring together, but the description on their site is too classic not to share.
Is The Both—the name given to the new collaboration between Aimee Mann and Ted Leo—a duo or a band? This seems like a critical philosophical question, and the answer is: Can’t it be both? Although these once-and-future solo artists are the only mainstays of the project and do more than their share of harmonizing, there is an overwhelming sense that the rock is strong with these two, which makes it difficult to relegate their galvanizing joint music to a terminology historically reserved for gentler guy/girl verse swappers.
“Honestly, I feel like for the first time I’m part of a rock band,” exults Mann—and that’s really saying something, given her history leading ‘Til Tuesday (and before that, Boston’s Young Snakes) as well as taking full coteries of musicians out on her solo tours. “I guess it really is just the two of us, but I think of it as a band, you know, like the Captain and Tennille were a band.”
There is an awkward pause in the conversation before Leo chimes in. “The Carpenters were a band,” he adds, helpfully, or not.
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Another concert I heartily recommend you see is Eels — Mark Oliver Everett’s ever-changing line-up of rock collaborators — at the Lincoln Theatre on May 31. This my favorite artist ever, beautiful indie ballads and melodic rock. Stream his complete new album, The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, via New York Times’ Press Play. Chelsea Wolfe is the opening artist.
I firmly believe concerts are the best date night option EVER, and here is a fun option for us music-loving (and TV-watching) parental units.
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