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Aimee Mann, Ted Leo team up as the Both

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo admit they’re not the most obvious pairing in indie-rock. Their respective styles, at least on the surface, seem at odds. Since establishing herself in Boston in the 1980s with the bands ’Til Tuesday and, just before that, the Young Snakes, Mann has been an acclaimed singer and songwriter beloved for her cool croon and literate turns of phrase.

Leo, by contrast, has been a force in the punk realm, known for his blistering guitar prowess while fronting Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. He, too, has Boston roots, having lived here (Jamaica Plain, Cambridge, the former Combat Zone) in the late ’90s, by which time Mann had already left the city.

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