A word to the wise, if you ever have the opportunity to see Amanda Palmer live, do so! The frontwoman of the Boston-based Dresden Dolls is currently touring in support of her new solo album (produced by Ben Folds) Who Killed Amanda Palmer? I caught her last night at the Paradise, and it was one of the most creative performances I've ever seen. The show opened as if it were a funeral, with a pianist playing Amanda's favorite classical piece. Then, Amanda's mother took the stage, handed out sheet music, and cajoled the audience into singing a mourning hymn. After that, Amanda rose from the dead and played an energetic set of songs from both her solo album and earlier Dresden Dolls material. Oh, and did I mention that she was aided by a violinist and an a troupe of Australian performance artists called The Danger Ensemble? And that they ended the show with a hilarious lip sync and dance routine to Rihanna's "Umbrella"? So, no, not your typical concert, but it was both weird and wonderful.
Unfortunately, I forgot my camera so I pulled the pic from the web. More good stuff on Amanda's blog.
Update: Here's the concert review from the Boston Herald.