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Saturday night: Aimee Mann hits the Wilshire Ebell
Saturday night: Aimee Mann hits the Wilshire Ebell

Aimee Mann makes smart, funny, well-crafted pop albums with such professional consistency that it can be hard to get excited about a new one. Think of her as CBS and her records as police procedurals. So you'd be forgiven if you let "Charmer," her latest, slip by you like "NYC 22" when it came out last month. Go back, though: Working with a top-flight support crew that includes guitarist Chris Bruce and James Mercer of the Shins, Mann on "Charmer" exchanges the sometimes-airless chamber-folk vibe of her recent stuff for a bright neo-New Wave sound that might remind fans with long memories of her mid-'80s work with 'Til Tuesday. (No wonder the...

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