This weekend: Aimee Mann to play the Englert Theatre

Aimee Mann
Did you know that Aimee Mann made an appearance on IFC’s Portlandia? — photo by Jessica Fiess

Aimee Mann w/ Ted Leo

Enlglert Theatre – October 19 at 8 p.m. ($35)

Aimee Mann is set to appear at the Englert this Saturday at 8:00 p.m. for what promises to be an intimate performance from one of music’s most comforting voices. Still avoiding hyperbole, it can easily be argued that Mann’s voice belongs in the pantheon of instantly-recognizable styles that match hand-in-hand with the genre they occupy.

As I re-visit Mann’s lengthy catalog, I nonetheless find it surprising how many songs trigger a reaction, including a number of instant-recalls when it comes to the melodies. Indeed, several of Mann’s songs have a way of quietly entering your life and similarly leaving a lasting impression. Additionally, Mann’s voice remains the driving force behind her own music, becoming an instrument in its own right, one complete with its own range of quirks.

One of Mann’s most enduring qualities has always been her dedication to her craft, including her constant output of new material. With six releases since 2000, Mann has been a near-constant presence on the contemporary rock scene–but that’s not to say quantity warrants her popularity. Instead, it is Mann’s ability to write from fresh perspectives that keep her music on heavy rotation. Mann’s latest release, 2012’s Charmer, cited as perhaps her most fully-sounding album since the mid-90s’ I’m With Stupid era, sees Mann return to the heavy guitars of her upbringing to take on subjects like narcissism and self-delusion.

Sure to deliver a set full of classics sprinkled with new material, Saturday’s show looks to be a showcase for one of America’s most singular and pointed voices, one that you won’t want to miss.

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