"For the alcoholic and addict who still suffers" reads the dedication to Aimee Mann's The Forgotten Arm, an intricate quasi-concept record about the degenerate but constantly hopeful relationship between John and Alice. At times, the concept is more effective in the illustrated liner notes than on record, but--as always with Mann--you leave each sitting humming melodies about subjects that should be making you cry, not sing. Teen rock star-turned-adult smiley face Ben Lee opens.
Aimee Mann and Ben Lee play the N.C. Musuem of Art Satuday, June 18. Tickets are $15 or free for children 12 and under. The show starts at 8 p.m. Visit www.ncartmuseum.org or call 715-5923.