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September 22, 2010 at 8 p.m.
New Hazlett Theater
PITTSBURGH, PA: CD Live!, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Three Rivers Arts Festival, WYEP 91.3FM and New Hazlett Theater present Aimee Mann live in concert on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at 8 p.m. Folk pop singer-songwriter Aimee Mann returns to Pittsburgh for a special performance at the New Hazlett Theater, Allegheny Square East, to perform songs from her latest album @#%&* SMILERS. Tickets are $38.25 and can be purchased at The Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), by calling 412-456-6666, or visiting pgharts.org.
From her work in the 80’s with MTV favorite Til Tuesday through her acclaimed solo discs “Whatever” and “I’m With Stupid” in the 90s, Aimee Mann has always been at the forefront of contemporary songwriters. The close of the millennium brought her greatest success, with the simultaneous releases of Bachelor No. 2 and the soundtrack to the film Magnolia, which garnered nominations for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and three Grammys. After a decade in which her music often took a backseat to corporate mergers and contractual obligations, the message was clear: Aimee Mann is here to stay.
On her new album, @#%&* SMILERS, Los Angeles singer songwriter Aimee Mann notes: "I've always been fascinated with eccentric personalities". On Smilers, her seventh solo CD, Mann presents thirteen exquisitely-crafted new songs about the inner life of people living far from the bright lights of success or fame. Some of them are wanderers searching for meaning on the road, others look for it in a shot glass or by losing themselves in the blue trance of a tv set, and still others believe their deliverance will come through money. From the punch drunk characters haunting the twilight world of a dusty downtown boxing gym, to a onetime financial big shot who's returned home after taking a tumble, Mann paints spare, vivid portraits of people who seem to always wind up with the smallest slice of American pie. The songs are soulful, empathetic and somehow ultimately hopeful and optimistic. Says Mann, “When I write about them -- the narcissists, performers, eccentrics, know-it-alls - it helps me recognize some truths about the world and about myself."