The annual Aimee Mann & Ted Leo Christmas Show at Largo has proved so successful that it’s been expanded to three nights, with two separate sets per night. Mann has long been a sucker for holiday music. She delivered a sly and slinky version of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” on her 2006 Christmas album, One More Drifter in the Snow, a record that largely favored blue and moody idylls and arrangements in lieu of the usual cloying holiday schmaltz. The Pharmacists’ Ted Leo provided a punk attitude to match Mann’s pop instincts on their 2014 collaboration as The Both, and the combination led to such charming power-pop gems as “Volunteers of America” and “Bedtime Stories.” The duo’s special guests this week range wildly from the ambitious and challenging rap soundscapes of the lyrically incisive Open Mike Eagle (Tuesday only) to the soporific easy-listening pop of Lisa Loeb. Plus, Josh Ritter (Monday only), The Milk Carton Kids (Wednesday only) and Paul F. Tompkins.
Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A.; Mon.-Wed., Dec. 9-11, 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.; $55. (310) 855-0350, www.largo-la.com.
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