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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Ted Leo and Aimee Mann join forces on a new album named for their collaborative songwriting project, The Both. Christian Lantry/Courtesy of the artist 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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Ken Tucker says Aimee Mann's latest album, Charmer, is a song cycle about getting rid of a cynical frame of mind. Sheryl Nields hide caption

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For Aimee Mann, the moment a song begins is often just before a performance. Sheryl Nields hide caption

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Left to right: Aimee Mann, Sheryl Crow, Suzanne Vega.

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