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Gig Alert: Aimee Mann

Monday, November 22, 2010

Aimee Mann
“Freeway”
Playing at: Music Hall of Williamsburg
(66 N. 6th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Get: Tickets ($35) | Directions

Most Americans first encountered Aimee Mann on her pitch-perfect soundtrack to the 1999 film Magnolia. Her ‘60s-mod-meets-acoustic-folk sound matched the lost-in-suburbia tone of the film just right, nabbing her a Grammy nomination for “Save Me” and robust sales for 2000’s Bachelor No. 2. Since then, she’s released four more albums. This track, “Freeway,” is from her most recent release, 2008’s @#%&*! Smilers. The song’s alt-country sound is a shift in tone from her earlier sound, and the oh-so-trendy analog synthesizers that appear on the track pair a little awkwardly with her acoustic vibe. But Mann’s press materials say the album is inspired by have-nots such as the “punch drunk characters haunting the twilight world of a dusty downtown boxing gym,” and that sounds about right to us.

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The last Cadet from Washington Heights

I knew Aimee in high school (and her bro). Always has been a strong, intelligent performer uncompromising of her standards. Yes, she could be "snarky" and sarcastic even then ;)

I will always admire her for living life on her own terms.

Nov. 22 2010 05:53 PM
Rich Miller from jersey

Just saw Aimee last night in Lakewood, and she was fantastic! If you miss the Brooklyn venue you will be sorry!

Nov. 22 2010 11:02 AM
Lindsey Wilson from Brooklyn

How can you not love Aimee's satirical yet meaningful lyrics? You got a lot of money, but you can't afford a "free"- way. I was awaken by that chorus this morning. And I must say it really "opened" my eyes!

Nov. 22 2010 08:17 AM

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