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The Both introduce an overzealous new band member in “Milwaukee” video

Photo by Christian Lantry
Photo by Christian Lantry

With only a week until their self-titled collaborative project hits shelves, The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo) have released the hilarious new video for “Milwaukee”. In the clip, shot at Boot and Saddle in South Philly, Leo portrays his own washed-up, wannabe rockstar uncle Ed Leo who joins the band. As he masks his face with black makeup, before heading on stage it’s clear that he doesn’t fit the image of the band. Do they let him go or tame his presence? Watch below and catch the band live at XPN’s NonCOMMvention on May 15th. Go here for more details and here for tickets to their Union Transfer show on May 3rd. Stream The Both early over on NPR.

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Milwaukee” by The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo)

Photo by Christian Lantry via RollingStone.com
Photo by Christian Lantry via RollingStone.com

The Both is the new collaboration between singer-songwriter Aimee Mann and punk/indie rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Ted Leo. They’re releasing their self-titled release on April 15th on Aimee’s Super Ego Records and play Philly on May 3rd at Union Transfer.

(Read more: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo open Boot & Saddle – photos, review)

Mann and Leo met each other in 2001, and over the years have become friendly, bonding over twitter, their shared love of music and respect for each other’s work. They decided to begin writing together after touring together. Below, listen to “Milwaukee,” and watch Aimee and Ted talk about their collaboration together.

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Report: Opening night at Boot and Saddle with The Both (Ted Leo and Aimee Mann)

The Both | Photo by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com
The Both | Photo by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com

All photos by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com

Being the new guy on the block in a city that is already saturated with quality music venues is a potentially awkward position to be in. Making a good impression can be an especially daunting task when there is no shortage of smaller venues willing to host the latest up-and-comers, hidden gems, and eternally indie acts. But Boot and Saddle, the newest R5 Productions joint venture, definitely made a good first impression.

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Gonna go ahead and dump my street cred down the sewers: I didn’t get in to Aimee Mann until the Magnolia soundtrack found my CD player. Sorry. [Note: me either. -ed.]  I’ve loved her ever since, if that makes up for it, even a little. Ted Leo, on the other hand, is sort of an adopted son of DC, my hometown, and so I’ve been heavily invested in whatever he does for ages. Both of them have had extensive plays on my iPods over the years, but I can say with 99% accuracy that they have never been on any of them at the same time.

So, the combination of the two seemed curious to me at first, but, after last night, I would declare them a royal duo. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN welcomes Aimee Mann & Ted Leo to World Cafe Live at The Queen, Sparks at The Trocadero, Modern Baseball at The Barbary

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XPN welcomes Aimee Mann and Ted Leo to World Cafe Live at The Queen tonight.  After sharing a bill last fall while Mann was promoting her latest Charmer LP, the singer-songwriter and Ted Leo teamed up for a proper collaboration called #BOTH earlier this year.  The pair will return to their usual roles for this tour, however, with Leo filling in the support slot and probably reprising songs from the discography of his band The Pharmacists, as well as possibly (and hopefully) previewing songs from a new album he’s been working on.  Tickets and information for the Wilmington, DE show can be found here.  Below, watch Aimee Mann perform “Labrador” on Conan with help from Ted Leo.

Sparks headline The Trocadero tonight.  The LA synthpop duo got its start in the early 70s, subsequently making their mark with over 20 albums.  Their quirky stage presence is reflective of their quirky songwriting style, as the band of brothers Ron and Russell Mael have become known for their witty lyrics and cultural references.  Sparks latest studio release was 2009′s The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman and they put out their first ever live recording, titled Two Hands One Mouth, last month.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here.  Below, watch the band perform “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both of Us.”

Local band Modern Baseball play The Barbary tonight.  Recent headlines for the punk / pop four-piece have made references to their signing with Run for Cover Records, a reissue of their wildly popular Sports debut, a Valentine’s Day split for highly-regarded label Topshelf records and their ability to draw a crowd when they play a show.  Currently on tour along the East Coast, Modern Baseball will help out fellow Philadelphians The Wonder Years with their record release show in May (more information here).  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Light Years and Safe can be found here.  Below, watch Modern Baseball perform “Broken Cash Machine” for Maggot House Records‘ Piss Couch Sessions.

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Just Announced: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists playing Morgan’s Pier on July 31st

Ted Leo at the XPoNential Music Festival 2011
Ted Leo at the XPoNential Music Festival 2011

While righteous indie-punk torchbearer Ted Leo has been making the tour rounds sans-Pharmacists lately (either solo basement shows, like we saw at Nacho House back in November, or solo theater gigs opening for Aimee Mann), a round of full band shows has been announced today via Matador Records, and it includes a date at Morgan’s Pier on July 31st.

While this also answers a question that’s been on our minds as summer approaches (Q “Will Morgan’s Pier be hosting live music again?” A “Yes, evidently!”), it’s not clear as of yet whether this is a free show (as all of last summer’s were) or a ticketed gig. [UPDATE 4/18: It is a free show. Woohoo!] Either way, Ted and the RX always slay in concert, so this one’s bound to be a treat. Below, check out a video (dang near ten years old) of the band playing “Mia and Mia” in the First Unitarian Church basement.

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Hear echoes of loneliness and outer space in Radiator Hospital’s new EP, Some Distant Moon

Earlier this month lo-fi / pop artist Radiator Hospital (offstage name: Sam Cook-Parrott) released his new EP, Some Distant Moon. This latest effort is his eighth release since January of 2010 and shows a newfound, straightforward pop approach. More of a exploration into the loneliness in love than his other works, Some Distant Moon tosses Cook-Parrott’s grainy and passionate voice over catchy indie riffs. The singer/songwriter, who recently took up residence in Philadelphia, played at Nacho House on Sunday, November 25th supporting Ted Leo. He also maintains a sizable collection of music videos and session footage recorded in his home. His love of The X-Files, Blade Runner and other sci-fi staples are evident in the imagery his songs evoke. His sparse screams echo through the vast reaches of space but his message never quite seems to arrive to those for whom it is intended. It is the tragic admittance of denial coupled with sweet, looming melodies which allows this EP to command the attention of anyone who has been lonely, removed and forgotten. Listen to this latest release from Radiator Hospital below, or download it at Bandcamp. The 7″ can be purchased from the Minneapolis indie label, Forward Records.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Silencio at World Cafe Live, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo at Union Transfer, Brandi Carlile at the Merriam and Grandchildren at PhilaMOCA

The haunting, surrealist movies by filmmaker David Lynch always have the perfect moody musical accompaniment – and Pittsburgh ensemble Silencio picks up on that big time. The group plays World Cafe Live tonight, performing a selection of musical moments from Erasherhead to Mullholland Drive, from which the group borrowed its name. The giant red curtain at the back up the upstairs stage will probably make more than a few audience members think of Twin Peaks. Tickets to the show are $15 and available here; below, watch Silencio perform Eraserhead‘s “In Heaven.”

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