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Win Tickets ($67): Aimee Mann @ The Neptune Theatre | w/ Special Guest Jonathan Coulton, American Rock, Folk, Pop

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Aimee Mann @ The Neptune Theatre on May 9. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, May 5.


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Aimee Mann
Special Guest: Jonathan Coulton
May 9, 2017
Doors at 7 pm, Show at 8 pm | $33.50 | All Ages

The Neptune Theatre
1303 Northeast 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98105-4502

STG Presents & True West welcome Aimee Mann to The Neptune on May 9, 2017.

Interested in the full range of human faults, foibles, dysfunction, and self-delusion? You could spend your evening re-reading 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.

Mann has the presence of mind to write songs about narcissists, which is a little different from the 90 percent of rock songs that are about being a narcissist. “The first song I wrote for the album was called ‘Charmer,’ so that’s kind of what started it,” she says. “And there are obviously songs that aren’t really on that topic, but it was a thing that I kept coming back to, because I do think people who are super-charming are really interesting. And I see how charm is on a continuum that goes all the way from people who can talk you out of anything to people who are manipulative to people who are almost a little sinister. They’re usually people who you really like being around in the beginning, because they’re really good at creating an impression that perhaps is tailor-made for you, and that’s very seductive.”

You might say it naturally follows that an album named Charmer would need to be musically seductive, as well. And this one certainly delivers its own charm offensive with a production style that sometimes harks back unabashedly to an earlier era, three decades or more ago, when electric guitars and synths walked the earth together in harmony. The full sound is in stark contrast to her much starker previous album, 2008’s Smilers, which was not so big on the new wave. She might even have been inspired by some fellow former Bostonites.

“This time, we bring the guitars back in.” she says, “and the bands we kind of listened to for reference were the Cars and Blondie and Split Enz. And ‘Jackie Blue’ by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, that awesome song—that was a big point of reference.” And she won’t disagree if you suggest that this might be her fullest-sounding album since the I’m With Stupid era. “I think if you’re emulating or inspired by that sort of era of radio pop, it’s just by nature more ‘produced.’ On the last record, our template was Area 51, because it was acoustic guitars and this kind of deserty, tumbleweed feel,” she laughs, “with synthesizers on top. This time, I wanted to use more analog synthesizers, because the music I was inspired by was that real ‘70s kind of thing. You know on Parallel Lines, when they were first putting synths in, but they were still being played almost like guitars? When I go back and listen to that stuff now, I go, ‘Oh, this is basically a rock band with just some bloopity bloopity keyboards on top.’” Make no mistake: “I love that,” she affirms. “I wanted to go back to: Remember when synthesizers were super-fun and brand new?”

Super-fun is not a term that everyone would expect to escape the lips of Mann, who well knows that she has an image—and possibly preternatural gift—for songs some would consider sad and downbeat. But there is a subtler kind of levity in her music that, followed to its natural end, leads to the kinship she feels with certain comedians and explains why she frequently does shows with the likes of Patton Oswalt and Paul F. Tompkins. And perhaps it explains why you’ll hear some of the biggest laughs this side of a Bridesmaids screening at a Mann show, sometimes arguably morose subject matter notwithstanding.

“There’s probably a little bit of relief of ‘Oh, I’m so glad that she’s not super-sour and depressed’—so any small joke, I get the laughter of relief, if it’s funny at all,” she says of the mood at her concerts. “Half the shows I still go, ‘Oh, I don’t know what to say,’ but I’ve definitely learned a lot from just being around comics. That’s not to say that I’m funny, but I think just being around it and adopting a little bit of a cadence or vernacular is helpful.” And the wit is certainly there in her songwriting, if you look for it. “There’s an irony that’s implicit through a lot of stuff. There is always a fair amount of moments where I write something that I suddenly realize is a very apt description of a situation that’s uncomfortable or horrible, but that the very accuracy of it makes me laugh, even though I can’t really expect that other people will. It’s a bit of a gallows humor, maybe.”

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21 Responses to Win Tickets ($67): Aimee Mann @ The Neptune Theatre | w/ Special Guest Jonathan Coulton, American Rock, Folk, Pop

  1. Cynthia Neel April 24, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

    Id love to ATTEND!!!! because she amazing!!!! And would LOVE TO see her

  2. Kate April 25, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

    I was newly introduced to her, and would love to surprise the person who introduced me to her with tickets!!!

  3. Lauren Reid April 25, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    I love her and you die to see her live. Also, I haven’t seen Jonathan Coulton in concert in 10 years and it would be amazing to see him again. He does hilarious and amazing shows!

  4. MannFan April 25, 2017 at 7:14 pm #

    What a great review/preview! I’m indeed “interested in the full range of human faults, foibles, dysfunction, and self-delusion?” and I don’t want to spend the evening reading the DSM-IV Manual. I want to go to this show! Thanks for considering me.

  5. Jennifer April 26, 2017 at 9:03 am #

    My favorite singer songwriter at my FAVORITE venue in Seattle! This will be an amazing show, no doubt! I love Jonathan Coultion as well. These two are both so funny as well I would love to see them performing together!

  6. Jeff April 26, 2017 at 2:26 pm #

    This looks so amazing! I have always wanted to see Aimee and would love to take my daughter. Neptune is a pretty cool/ intimate venue as well!

  7. Duane April 26, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

    This would be a wonderful part of my anniversary celebration.

  8. William April 26, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

    I’ve never seen her and I’ve been listening to her for years. Would love to go!

  9. Melissa Turner Shaw April 26, 2017 at 5:51 pm #

    This would be absolutely great #MothersDay 💃🏻 take myself & my mother and late birthday 🎉 🎁 🙏🏻❣️🎤🎼🎶🎵

  10. Jody April 26, 2017 at 6:26 pm #

    I’d love to see her in person! Her albums are beautiful <3

  11. Fred April 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm #

    Michael Penn, Ted Leo and now JoCo- Aimee Mann knows how to combine her literate melancholia with the best. Add in the fact this show is at the Neptune, and you have a must-see.

  12. Randy George April 27, 2017 at 4:27 pm #

    I want to play! (Raises hand in the air) let me rock the socks off Seattle!

  13. Annelih May 1, 2017 at 9:43 pm #

    My husband and my 4 year wedding anniversary is this night! I know that he really likes Jonathan Coulton, so I feel like he’d be pleasantly surprised with these tickets.

  14. MT May 2, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    Because as my boyfriend said, “We can’t wait Til Tuesday to see Aimee Mann!” Would love to surprise him with tickets. He just covered Superball at a recent live show.

  15. J. B. May 3, 2017 at 10:58 am #

    Been a fan for years and am always blown away by her combo of badass skill and pure emotion. Just listened to her on Marc Maron and went to buy my tickets and was crushed to find the show sold out! Save me from my procrastination…

  16. Michelle May 3, 2017 at 11:43 am #

    I saw Aimee for the first time in March, but only a short set and it was awesome. I’d love to see her in full concert. And JoCo ain’t bad either. :)

  17. Laura Mckiernan May 3, 2017 at 11:04 pm #

    I have been listening to her since hearing her on the magnolia soundtrack. I don’t have an anniversary or something akin to it but I would like to take my twin sis along.. after all these years I have never SEEN her live. I bet she sounds incredible. Thanks for considering me.

  18. Laura Mckiernan May 3, 2017 at 11:05 pm #

    I have been listening to her since hearing her on the magnolia soundtrack. I don’t have an anniversary or something akin to it but I would like to take my twin sis along.. after all these years I have never SEEN her live. I bet she sounds incredible. Thanks for considering me.

  19. Veronika May 4, 2017 at 11:59 pm #

    Hey it’s teacher appreciation week and I’m a special education teacher for seattle public schools! I would love to see Aimee Mann, she is so good live!

  20. Randy Blue May 5, 2017 at 8:31 am #

    Her son “save me” is one of the top ten best written ballads ever, in my opinion!

    Randy Blue

  21. Dana Stodgel May 6, 2017 at 11:35 am #

    I would love to win tickets to Aimee Mann at the Neptune – I’ve been a fan since her performance on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Well, really, I’ve enjoyed her music before that, but that was a clincher. ;-)

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