The Bowery Presents
Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann

Ted Leo (Solo)

Sat, April 20, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Webster Hall

New York, NY

$35.00

This event is 18 and over

Aimee Mann
Aimee Mann
After a hiatus of three years, Aimee Mann announces the return of her annual holiday tour, this time in partnership with her bandmate Ted Leo from her new project The Both. In past years Aimee's holiday variety show has played to sold-out crowds on both the East and West Coast, featuring a mixture of Christmas classics, original music, video, sketches, and a host of musical and comedian guests, and this year promises to have even more surprises.

Special appearances from previous shows have included:
John C. Reilly
Fred Armisen
Ben Gibbard
Emily Procter
Tim Heidecker
Patton Oswalt
Weird Al Yankovic
Bob Odenkirk
Jackson Browne
John Krazinski
Nellie McKay
Amos Lee
The Decemberists
Rachael Yamagata
Ben Lee
Paul F. Tompkins
Joe Henry
Grant Lee Phillips
Josh Ritter
Chuck Prophet
Patrick Park
Adam Levy
Morgan Murphy
Michael Penn
Jeff Goldblum
Ted Leo (Solo)
Ted Leo (Solo)
When Ted Leo won the 2010 Shorty Award for Best Twitter Feed in the Music category, he defeated some strong competition, including Justin Bieber and Britney Spears. What vaulted New Jersey native Theodore Francis Leo over such juggernauts? Many voters cited Leo's natural humor and conversational tone, which veered from quips encouraging vegans to opt for Tofucharist at their next communion, to commentary on watching Battlestar Galactica, to lashes at his intern.

While many musicians would crap out self-promoting blurbs and bland observations, Ted Leo was articulate and goddamn funny. What does his road commentary have to do with his live show, you ask? Why should you be sure to see him at Bottom of the Hill? Because the guy's a goddamn national treasure, that's why.

It's rare these days to find an American songwriter tackle political issues with such ferocity and specificity. The UK has Billy Bragg and Frank Turner, but who do we have? We have Ted Leo. This show is a solo acoustic set. The raucous shows with the full Pharmacists band are cathartic, sure, but the acoustic setting is where those barbed lyrics really emerge.

Leo's trio of acclaimed albums for the sadly defunct Berkeley label, Lookout!, will surely be represented: The Tyranny of Distance, Hearts of Oak and Shake the Sheets. We'll likely hear a few brisk numbers from his most recent disc, The Brutalist Bricks. And yes, there's a chance we'll hear a song or two from his as-of-yet unfinished musical about the history of US involvement in Guatemala, Red Bananas.

For a taste of his sharply observed words, look no further than the first lines of the new album's opening, "The Mighty Sparrow": "When the café doors exploded, I reacted too / I reacted to you / Papers in the wind a-waltzing, I was dancing too / My mind danced to you." It's a powerful start to a strong record, and another victory for the tenacious punk journeyman. And when Ted Leo wins, we all win.

KEVIN SEAL
Venue Information:
Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY, 10003
http://www.websterhall.com/