The Both

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The Both is an American musical duo consisting of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, both of whom had longstanding musical careers before beginning a collaboration in 2013. Their first album, self-titled The Both, was released in April 2014. The songwriting collaboration between Aimee Mann and Ted Leo originated during a joint concert tour in 2012, and specifically with an appearance together at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on November 11, 2012, which was later described in the lyrics of their song “Milwaukee.” At that time, Leo was the opening act for Mann, and the two sometimes collaborated on stage. They began writing songs together in December 2012. Mann and Leo were initially brought to each other’s attention in 2001, when Scott Miller, leader of the bands Game Theory and The Loud Family, gave Mann one of Leo’s albums.Miller, who died in April 2013, was later described as having a “special, spiritual, guru-like presence” in the heart of The Both’s debut album. On March 8, 2013, the duo performed their first show together as #BOTH, formatting the band’s name as a hashtag.

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