After a three-year hiatus, Aimee Mann’s annual Christmas show returns with Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. This year’s special guests include Susannah Hoffs, Paul F. Thompkins, Tim Heidecker, Jonathan Coulton, John Hodgeman and more to be announced. In the past, Mann’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 comedic guests. See below for tour routing.
Additionally, Aimee and Ted are releasing a new Christmas track, “Nothing Left to Do (Let’s Make This Christmas Blue)” which is available today on iTunes.
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo joined forces as The Both in 2014. The critically acclaimed collaborative project is built on a friendship forged while they toured together last year. Leo’s solo sets piqued Mann’s interest in getting on stage with him and writing music together. The resulting project has been hailed by NPR Music who praises “singer sounds freshened and energized—never diminished—by the collaboration,” as well as The Los Angeles Times who says “the project places the talents of the two artists in perfect harmony.”
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. In addition to her solo work, she has appeared on many film soundtracks, composed the soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson’s much-lauded Magnolia and appeared as herself on the hit indie TV series “Portlandia.” The new collaboration follows Mann’s eighth studio album Charmer which received national attention.
Punk/indie singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leo is best known for his work with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists over the past 15 years. His most recent album The Brutalist Bricks was released on Matador Records in 2010. Leo also kept up a consistent presence as a solo performer since the late 1990s and began playing with Mann in February 2012.