Aimee Mann plans charming return to Boston

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Aimee Mann will return to her old stompin’ grounds at Boston’s Berklee College of Music next month. Touring in support of her new album Charmer, the veteran rocker will perform at the Berklee Performance Center with her full band on Saturday, November 3. Tickets for the show are available through the venue’s box office and website for $39.50 and $42.50. Special guest Ted Leo will open the show with a solo set.

Charmer, Mann’s eighth studio effort and follow-up to 2008’s @#%&*! Smilers, debuted at #33 on the Billboard 200 after its release last month. The album was produced by longtime friend and band member Paul Bryan and recorded with Ryan Freeland (Ray LaMontagne, Bonnie Raitt) at Stampede Origin in Los Angeles. The video for “Labrador,” which is streaming below, is a shot-for-shot remake of the video for “Voices Carry,” the 1985 hit of Mann’s former band, ‘Til Tuesday.

“I’m fascinated by charming people and the whole idea of charm,” explained Mann in a press release. “It’s hard to remember sometimes that there is usually an agenda behind the act of being charming, and that is what I’m most interested in. Is someone’s charm being utilized just to try and entertain people, make them feel special and interesting, or is there a more sinister purpose behind it? Sometimes I think ‘charm’ can just be another word for ‘manipulation.'”

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