The Both is the collaborative musical project between two critically acclaimed musicians – the much loved singer/songwriter Aimee Mann and indie rock icon Ted Leo. Building on a friendship forged while they were on tour together in 2012, it was Leo’s solo sets that piqued Mann’s interest in getting on stage with him and writing music together. Of the project, Mann notes, “Honestly, I feel like for the first time, I’m part of a rock band.” The Both’s all original songs were written as back-and-forth collaborations between Mann and Leo. With their differing musical vocabularies and mutual admiration for one another, the duo found working together to be a boon. This tour celebrates the release of their self-titled debut which is receiving widespread critical praise.
Collectively and individually, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo have more years of musical experience under their belts than most. Mann began her solo career in 1993 with the album Whatever and made a name for herself through her independent success and the founding of her record label, SuperEgo. Mann has appeared on many film soundtracks and composed the soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson’s much-lauded Magnolia. Punk/indie singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leo is best known for his work with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists over the past fifteen years. His most recent album The Brutalist Bricks was released on Matador Records in 2010 and Leo has kept up a consistent presence as a solo performer since the late 1990s.
“The Both represents the pairing of two great talents who go great together.” – Rolling Stone
“Coupled with Mann’s gift for a pop melody and Leo’s penchant for spiky, urgent guitars, the end result is a best-of-both-worlds situation.” – Boston Globe