Acclaimed Singer Songwriter
Mann has been making music since the 1980s; first, with the group ‘Til Tuesday, and since then as an accomplished solo artist. Her latest album, Charmer, contains a series of character sketches — including the title track, about that person who draws you in and may even exploit you.
“I’m fascinated by charming people,” Mann says. “They’re fun to be around, they’re entertaining, they pay attention to you. They’re a glorious addition to any group, until you spend a certain amount of time with them and start to realize that it’s essentially a construction. But I totally buy into it. I think ‘charmer’ is just another word for ‘narcissist.’
For nearly twenty years Ted Leo has been one of independent music’s biggest personalities. His witty, passionate music lands at the intersections of punk and folk, soul and hardcore, and tradition and experimentation. Emerging from the New York hardcore scene in the 1980s, Leo fronted several bands, notably Chisel, before forming Ted Leo and the Pharmacists in 1999. With the Pharmacists, Leo’s songwriting blossomed, with a sound more akin to Billy Bragg and Alex Chilton than his previous work. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists have released six full-length records, and Ted tours regularly with the band and as a solo artist.