Aimee Mann and Ted Leo at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, the site of the very first show they played together. Benjamin Wick hide caption

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Aimee Mann and Ted Leo perform together as The Both at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014. Jim Tuttle/NPR hide caption

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The Both: Tiny Desk Concert

Singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo often reside at opposite ends of the volume knob. What unfolds in this performance isn't compromise, though, so much as a creative challenge.

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