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The Weepies

Wednesday, June 3 at Knitting Factory


If someone ever says, "Never mix business with pleasure," listen to The Weepies, the husband-and-wife duo of Deb Talan and Steve Tannen, who are proof-positive that mixing (on several levels) can not only work, but lead to something remarkable.

Since The Weepies' first full-length release in 2003, they've landed respectable spots on Billboard; had three children; moved to Iowa City, Iowa; had songs licensed for film and TV (How I Met Your Mother, Pretty Little Liars and Scrubs) and opened for Pink at the 63rd annual BMI Pop Awards on May 15. But in 2013 Talan was diagnosed with breast cancer. Throughout her treatment, they continued to record, and the result is Sirens (Nettwerk Productions, April 2015), the duo's fifth full-length release and its first in five years. Their charming, folk-pop sound is intertwined with vulnerability and a sense of urgency, which makes it feel like a beautiful tone poem. Get in the mix with Sirens and then mix it up even more when The Weepies play Boise.