Win Tickets ($50): The Both: Featuring Aimee Mann and Ted Leo @ Aladdin Theater | w/ Telekinesis, Indie, Rock & Roll

We are giving away a pair of tickets to The Both: Featuring Aimee Mann and Ted Leo @ Aladdin Theater on August 29. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 25.

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The Both: Featuring Aimee Mann and Ted LeoThe Both: Featuring Aimee Mann and Ted Leo w/ Telekinesis
August 29, 2014
7 p.m. Doors / 8 p.m. Show | $25 | Under 21 OK w/ guardian

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202
(503) 234-9694

The Both
Collectively and individually, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo have more years of musical experience under their belts than most. You might call them “lifers.” But they were first drawn into each others circles by the late, great Scott Miller (Game Theory/Loud Family), who brought Ted to Aimee’s awareness back in 2001. Over the years, they became friendly, getting lunch when Ted was in Los Angeles or Aimee was in New York, guesting on this or that comedy or music show together, etc., but they truly bonded over a misspelled word and a hashtag on Twitter, “#dumbie.” Their mutual appreciation of such #dumb things and increased communication (140 characters at a time) eventually lead to a tour together, which lead to spending more time with each other’s music and in each other’s company, which lead to them guesting on each other’s songs nightly on tour, and another mutual appreciation via a chance over-hearing in a hotel room in Chicago, as Aimee came to collect Ted to go get lunch again (they like lunch): early Thin Lizzy.

Inspired by the folksy but edgy rock melodicism and spooky, soulful atmosphere of songs like “Honesty is no Excuse” (which they, in fact, began covering), Aimee sent Ted the stem of a new song just one week after their first tour together had ended. They began writing together, and “The Both” (originally called #BOTH, because it made them laugh) was born. They completed what was first slated to be an EP over the course of the next couple of months, but growing ever closer and ever more fulfilled working together, The Both began to take shape as a real and ongoing concern, and the EP became the first part of what will now be an LP, to be finished in August of this year and released, most likely, in early 2014. They’ll be continuing to tour with each of their separate concerns (though even then, mostly together) throughout the remainder of 2013, but will also be playing shows as The Both, and will tour in support of the LP upon release.

Telekinesis is a band. It says so on the album cover, on the marquee, on the poster, on your MP3 file. Telekinesis could not be a person because it is a terrible name for a person, or for anything other than a band (other than, to be fair, the act of moving stuff using one’s mind).

Telekinesis is not a band. Bands have people in them (plural); Telekinesis is one person (singular) because Michael Benjamin Lerner decided that “Telekinesis” would look better on the album cover, on the marquee, on the poster, on your MP3 file, than “Michael Benjamin Lerner” (though, to be fair, Michael Benjamin Lerner is a perfectly great name for a person).

Telekinesis is both a band and a person. It’s taken Michael Benjamin Lerner-now a wizened 26-year-old-four years to come to terms with this, although one would not, from listening to its/his previous two albums, 2009’s self-titled debut and 2011’s 12 Desperate Straight Lines, detect any hint of confusion or self-doubt, aside from the songs that were directly about confusion or self-doubt. His (we’re settling into the singular male possessive now and staying there) third album, Dormarion, is, then, in ways both practical and profound, the sound of a man figuring out exactly who he is. Also, it’s a total fucking hoot.

Which was not necessarily the case with previous efforts. “The second record was such dregs,” Lerner says. “I was pissed off about relationship issues and health issues. Even the tour cycle was angry and negative.” And this unpleasantness is due in no small part to Lerner’s effort to expand Telekinesis from a solo project into the stable, ongoing unit that toured behind 12DSL, with Jason Narducy, now of Bob Mould’s band, playing bass and Cody Votolato, formerly of Blood Brothers, on guitar. “I really struggled to find ways for Telekinesis to become a band-band and not just one guy making music,” he says, explaining that attempts to write and record with Votolato and Narducy-whom Lerner, a drummer by nature, acknowledges as superior musicians-just didn’t quite come together. “But the overarching lesson was that Telekinesis totally is one guy making music, and that’s what works best and what makes me the happiest. And this record really encapsulates that.”

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48 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): The Both: Featuring Aimee Mann and Ted Leo @ Aladdin Theater | w/ Telekinesis, Indie, Rock & Roll

  1. Roger August 18, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    Yes!! Been listening to the music these 2 have created and dying to see them play it in person. Would love these free tickets. Thank you for ther opportunity.

  2. Dana Thomas August 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    Yes, I love Ted Leo and have really enjoyed listening to this new collaboration. Plus Telekinesis? Sign me up!

  3. Kramer August 18, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    Ohh yeah! Hook it up with Ted Leo tix please.

  4. Matthew Kory August 18, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    I’m a huge Ted Leo fan since The Tyranny of Distance. I’ve seen him before and he’s awesome! I’d love to hear his new stuff with Aimee Mann, who has an incredible voice!

  5. martin pham August 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    I’m new to both artist but I’d love the chance to see them for the first time. Plus a pair of tickets to see them would make a great date with my lady.

  6. Genebean August 18, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    I’ll be visiting Portland with my s.o. for the long weekend and would love to start it out right. Been a big fan of Aimee Mann because of Jon Brion. I used to listen to a lot of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists back in college. The two of them together made my head explode. I’ve only recently heard of Telekinesis and I dig it hard. If I were to score these righteous tickets, not only would I appreciate the show more than anyone else here, but I’ll also consider this a strong sign that its time to get the f*#k out of LA and move to a city that’s been calling my name all my life.

  7. Tim August 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    Would really like to see this show!


  8. Lorelee August 18, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    This one is a MUST see. Would love to WIN tickets! Thank you the most.

    • Paul W. August 18, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

      I like your enthusiasm. I hope you win!

  9. Paul W. August 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    I’ve loved Aimee Mann’s music since the first ’til tuesday album came out in the early ’80s. Stood right next to her before a show in Seattle and was afraid to even say anything. Probably one of the few people that would leave me speechless like that. I also passed her on the sidewalk in Hollywood one time and was shocked to have run into her just walking down Sunset Blvd. (She was on her way to Starbucks with some male friends.) Again, I didn’t say anything to her. She puts on an excellent live show and I have never been disappointed in her. It’ll be interesting to see how the collaboration with Ted Leo comes across live. (Her shows with husband, Michael Penn, years ago were very entertaining.)

    • Lorelee August 19, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

      You are a true fan!

  10. Steve August 18, 2014 at 4:54 pm #


  11. Heather August 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    The show is on my birthday, and as someone who has been going to see Ted Leo for 12 years now I can think of no better present. :)

  12. alex k August 18, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    been a huge fan of ted leo for ages, found out about aimee mann through the best show, and was super happy to hear about their collaboration. i’m from nj – and seeing ted leo every summer has become maybe the most important part of summer – he played outdoor shows in the area every year for ages now! it’d be super awesome to see ted (and aimee) to keep the summer tradition alive.

  13. Ethan Seltzer August 18, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

    I’d love to see Aimee Leo and Ted Mann! I loved them both on 2.5 men and would love to see them live…I mean live. Thanks!

  14. Savannah August 18, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    Dream concert. The only thing that could make it better would be throwing some Sleater-Kinney into the mix.

  15. Tom M. August 18, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    Led Teo and Amy Ann are buth my favorite! And I love free stuffs!

  16. Sherrie E August 19, 2014 at 1:10 am #

    If I were to win two tickets to see The Both, I would pay it forward! I would spend more money at Red and Black Cafe so that it will always be open for Ted. I would reward a friend with a free ticket, someone who also deserves a nice surprise. I hope to win because I envision this show being more than just a set. It will be like an old school cabaret act, one that makes you laugh and cry. I should win because I can laugh and cry at the same time if the moon is right Also I am an excellent dancer who doesn’t hold my phone up in the air taking video.

  17. JP August 19, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    “It’s my birthday too Heather …WTF” ?

  18. Leonard August 19, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    love aimee mann

  19. LG August 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    Love her music.

  20. Julie H August 21, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to see Aimee Mann in concert. Been following her music since Till Tuesday yet have never had the chance to see her perform. I would love to go. Thank you for offering this.

  21. Aaron August 21, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

    AimeeManntelekenesis! Why don’t we have telekenesis yet??? Telekenete me to the Aladdin for the show, please! :)

  22. Dave G. August 22, 2014 at 12:57 am #

    Great venue, great line-up…sounds like great fun!

  23. Hunter M August 22, 2014 at 2:34 am #

    Ted and Aimee play very important roles in the independent music community. I would love to share a night with them. I’m sure they sound better than ever.

  24. Scott Worthington August 22, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    I would love to go, i have seen Aimee once before, but have never seen Ted!

  25. Sophie August 22, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    Love them!

  26. Jesse Taylor August 22, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    I’ll be visiting from Seattle that weekend and I would much rather go to this than Bumbershoot! I love all of these acts and it would be a great opportunity to go to a concert with an old friend, another long time listener. I love Seattle but maybe this concert would show me that Portland is cooler?

  27. anne August 23, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    Like so many others, I’ve been a fan and follower of both Ted and Aimee for years now. The magic that brought them together to collaborate on this project is amazing. I would love to not only see them live–but this is also the weekend after my last day at an old, soul-sucking job. The perfect way to celebrate the magic that brought them together and brought me to a new job!

  28. kate August 23, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    I’ve got a new job and need to celebrate… so yeah!

  29. Linda S August 23, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    I have never seen them so this would be fun to go to.

  30. ryan August 24, 2014 at 7:22 am #

    i wanna see ted! and aimee! BOTH of em!

  31. Bella August 24, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

    Me, Ted, Aimee – perfect! Let’s do this.

  32. Evan August 24, 2014 at 10:05 pm #


  33. Heather August 26, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    I would love to see this show because, HELLO, TED LEO! I’ve never seen Aimee before, though, so that would be an awesome bonus.

  34. Heidi Stanley August 26, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    Would loooove to attend this Friday night! What a great way to kick off Labor Day weekend!

  35. Joy R. August 26, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

    Coming in from Seattle. Haven’t seen Aimee Mann since Zootunes years ago. Would love to see how much Portland can jam too!

  36. Joann August 27, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    Will begging help my chances?

    PLLLLeEEeeEEeeease?! With cherries on top?!

  37. Miranda August 28, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    I love Ted Leo and Aimee Mann so much!! I fell in love with Ted and the Pharmacists about a decade ago and have adored Mann since she worked on the Magnolia soundtrack. So amazing! Please put my name in the hat – I’m a poor non-profit employee and will not see these rockstars otherwise!! MJ

  38. Kimi August 28, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    Aimee’s my girl!

  39. Lance August 28, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    Love the Alladin

  40. Emily K August 28, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    This would be so much fun!!

  41. RC August 28, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

    Cool concert duo.

  42. Jay H August 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    Sounds awesome!!

  43. Sherry August 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    Oh my gosh – How I would LOVE to see this show.

  44. Logan froehlich August 29, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    This looks and sounds fun

  45. Erin August 29, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    I really, really, really want these!!! Love Both and Telekinesis!

  46. Erica September 1, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    I’ve always been a huge fan of both Aimee Mann and Ted Leo! I’ve only had the pleasure of hearing Aimee preform while walking near an outdoor festival (I didn’t have tickets) I sat on the street and listened to most of her set. I would love to be able to go to an actual show. I’ve also never been to the Aladdin Theater so that would be cool too!

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