New music from one of America's great indie songwriters
A fixture of independent pop and rock since her days with the New Wave band 'Til Tuesday in the 1980s, Los Angeles singer-songwriter Aimee Mann is a powerful creative force. "I've always been fascinated with eccentric personalities." she says. Interested in the full range of human faults, foibles, dysfunction, and self-delusion? You could spend your evening rereading the DSM-IV Manual. Or you could opt to spend some time with an even more entertaining catalog of idiosyncracies: "Charmer," the latest album from Aimee Mann, as fine a chronicler of the human comedy as popular music has produced. Names have been obscured to protect the guilty, but you will almost certainly recognize yourself in these short narratives, along with the fellow travelers who have conned, enabled, victimized, or (yes) charmed you. Longtime Mann fans will find that "Charmer" has plenty of the tunefulness they have come to expect from her music, and newcomers will be struck by the power of her spare language. "Charmer" marks a welcome return of unparalleled songcraft from a great American songwriter. Geek songwriter extraordinaire Jonathan Coulton opens the show.