It’s inevitable that an artist with a long career will want to switch it up a bit. A few years ago, Aimee Mann invited Ted Leo as an opening act on her tour, and the two often sang together each night. After parting ways, Mann and Leo started writing new songs long distance, blending Mann’s pop smarts with Leo’s punk rock pedigree. They called the project the Both and quickly recorded and released a self-titled debut earlier this year.
The record is a fun breather for both Mann and Leo, both of whom have been in the spotlight for decades. Classic rock references abound in the Both’s sound: a little bit of Thin Lizzy, maybe some power pop, and Mann and Leo trade off verses like old friends.”I think we were both ready for some drastic life change,” Mann told KUTX’s Jody Denberg when the Both stopped by recently. The Studio 1A performance found the pair fresh and excited, and today’s song of the day comes from the live session. “The Inevitable Shove” was an exclusive song the Both cut for KUTX, and it finds the band in fine rock-and-roll form.