Heads or Tales

Attending an Aimee Mann show is no different from flipping a coin. Some nights, she's on — clouds part, angels sing, souls are saved. Others, you're left scratching your head as to why you didn't just order takeout instead. Let's hope the recent release of The Forgotten Arm will provide the spark that the melancholic singer/songwriter apparently needs. Five years after her songs inspired director P.T. Anderson's Magnolia, Mann revisits that terrain with the soundtrack to The Forgotten Arm — except, of course, this film was never released or even produced and pretty much exists only in Mann's mind. The concept album/"soundtrack" tells the story of a carnival worker who falls for a down-on-his-luck boxer and loses it all to the heroin addiction he acquired in Vietnam. Recorded in "live" takes, the cinema-flavored songs fit perfectly into Mann's live show, packing the same kind of emotional oomph as Magnolia's crowd-pleasing "Save Me."

Aimee Mann performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 17, at the Harriet Himmel Theater, 600 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $32. This is a makeup show for a performance canceled due to Hurricane Wilma. Exchange Carefree Theatre tickets at point of purchase for new tickets for the Himmel. Call 561-966-3309.

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Cole Haddon