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10 Aug

Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra will release Theater Is Evil, September 11 on Palmer’s own 8ft. records. Offering another taste of the forthcoming album, the band has released “The Killing Type,” a brutal love song lead by a thrumming baseline and Palmer’s signature storytelling lyrics, which build to a frantic climax. Download “The Killing Type” MP3 HERE.

Amanda Palmer and her band are currently hard at work developing their live stage show, which will be chock full of surprises when the band hits the road for their 35-date international tour kicking off this fall.

Developing new interactive technologies with a variety of collaborators, the band plans to crowd-source everything from musicians to family photos and other personal artifacts, placing the audience members’ voices and bodies directly into the performance. Producer, production designer, and theatrical director for the THEATRE IS EVIL tour as well as the band’s drummer, Michael McQuilken explains: “I find Amanda’s hyper-inclusive relationship with her audience to be hugely inspiring. Her fans aren’t distant observers, they’re family. So I’ve been working on ways to make the fans and their contributions the primary motivation for all of our production decisions. Each new audience will have an experience unique to them. You’ll have to come to the show to find out more.”

From book swaps in bathrooms to an orchestra of local strings and horns sourced through the internet, Palmer is excited to take on the challenge. “It’s Rocky-Horror-meets-Scavenger-Hunt-meets-Interactive-Art-Happening… just my cup of tea,” she explains. “It’ll take a ton of work to rehearse a whole new set of folks every afternoon, but it’s a great way to feel connected to the city we’re in.”

This tour will be the first opportunity for audiences to experience Amanda Palmer live with her new band, The Grand Theft Orchestra. “Everyone in the band has a super-power on stage,” says Palmer. “Our drummer is a director, our guitarist is a sound designer and a horn arranger, and our bassist is a classical conductor. And we’re ALL theater geeks, so the whole band is like a massive transformer robot that can be a slamming rock band and also be an emotional avant-garde musical.”

Don’t miss the chance to catch this one-of-a-kind show live this fall!
For more information or a copy of the new album, Theatre is Evil,
or to interview Amanda or attend a show, give us a shout!

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US Dates
9/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
9/11: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
9/12: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
9/14: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
9/15: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
9/17: New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s Uptown
9/18: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
9/19: Austin, TX @ Stubbs (Outside)
9/21: Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
9/22: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
9/24: San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
9/25: Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box /The Fonda Theater
9/26: San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
9/28: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
9/29: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
9/30: Seattle, WA @ Neptune Ballroom
10/03: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

UK and European Dates
10/23: London @ Koko
10/24: Manchester @ Cathedral
10/25: Glasgow @ Oran Mor
10/27: Amsterdam @ Melkweg
10/28: Berlin @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
10/29: Prague @ Palac Akropolis
10/30: Zurich @ Abart
11/01: Antwerp @ Trix Club
11/02: Paris @ La Maroquinerie
11/03: Cologne @ Gebaude 9
11/05: Vienna @ Arena

More US Dates
11/09: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre
11/10: Chicago, IL @ Metro
11/11: Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
11/13: Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
11/15: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
11/16: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
11/17: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

01 Nov

Amanda Palmer performed the Rocky Horror classic “Science Fiction/Double Feature” with her all star band of Moby, The Magnetic Fields’s Stephin Merritt and Neil Gaiman.

Watch the video below:

31 Oct

Infamously DIY musician Amanda “Fucking” Palmer is widely celebrated for having carved a career for herself using social media and direct fan support, she has been an innovator in creating new models in the music business that do not depend on corporations. Last Spring, she put out a call on Twitter for lyrics about “an empowering three-syllable object that you weren’t allowed to take to work” to a massive response.

The results were added to the lyrics of “Ukulele Anthem,” an ode to the DIY ethos to which Palmer (and her army of fans) is firmly committed. Palmer has been playing the song to wild applause at her recent “Ninja Gigs” – spontaneous free performances for which Palmer has become known, the most recent taking place at Occupy Wall Street in NYC, Occupy Boston (Palmer’s Hometown) and her appearance yesterday at Occupy LA. Two weeks ago, artist Shepard Fairey heard Palmer playing a song at a party in Santa Fe, and loved what he heard. Palmer had no plans to release the song, but was encouraged by Fairey and others at the party to put it out instantly. She recorded it four days later, while Shepard Fairey went to work in his studio creating an image to represent the song.

“I’ve admired Shepard’s work since I was a teenager. The fact that he was excited about the anthem and was willing to create an image for it literally kicked my ass into releasing it. This song is so much more powerful than I expected it to be. At the #Occupy gigs that I’ve been doing, I’ve been playing all sorts of inspiring songs, from Lennon to Billy Bragg, but this one’s been getting the loudest cheers. It actually speaks to the here and now. I think it’s a good time to put it out. The ukulele is a perfect symbol for hope and empowerment. It’s cheap, it’s easy to play, it’s punk rock, and as I think George Formby said, you can’t be unhappy holding a Ukulele.”

Through Amanda’s typical “pay what you want” model, fans will be able to get the track and artwork by Shepard Fairey for free or voluntary donation via

Award-winning author Neil Gaiman and DIY-musician Amanda “Fucking” Palmer have embarked on a brief co-headline tour of the West Coast, starting with a Halloween engagement at Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. The newlywed (and anything but conventional) couple are billing the event as “An Evening with Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer” and promise an unusual and intimate few hours of spoken word, songs, stories, chats with the audience, and – given Palmer’s penchant for the unplanned – more than a few surprises.

Fans who are unable to get to the limited run of dates can still celebrate Halloween with Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman and friends as they will be making a Halloween appearance on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson tonight. When asked to perform on the show, Amanda recruited her friends Moby and Stephen Merritt of The Magnetic Fields to be part of her band for a special Halloween performance of a “cult classic” song that the “supergroup” have not yet revealed.

27 Apr

Ben Folds, Damian Kulash (OK Go), Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls, solo), and author Neil Gaiman set out to write and record eight songs in eight hours (4 p.m. to midnight) at Berklee College of Music, Monday, April 25, and release them 10 hours later during Rethink Music, in Boston. Like Radiohead did recently, this group plans to show how record companies are becoming superfluous to building buzz and distributing music.

Check out the “One Tiny Thing” MP3 off the resulting 8in8 album HERE. The 8in8 album titled Nighty Night is now available through Proceeds from the first week of downloads will benefit Berklee City Music, which provides free music education to underserved teens.

The historic collaboration was broadcast live from the recording studio at and the group gave a presentation there on the recording project at 10:40am followed by a private concert for conference registrants at 8:00pm at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC).

The complete Rethink Music program which includes performances by Basia Bulat, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Metric & more is here

08 Nov

A chance meeting with Amanda Palmer has led to the chance of a lifetime for Berklee summer student and Saratoga Springs, NY-based pianist Tristan Allen. Walking home from a rehearsal in late August, Palmer met a group of Berklee summer students on the last day of the college’s five-week program. She decided to take a picture of three teens who were hugging on a bench. They obliged, and as she walked away, one of the teens, Allen, ran up after her, having been told “she plays cabaret piano music.” When Palmer informed him she was in the Dresden Dolls, Allen was shocked — he had been a fan of the band for ages — and asked if she’d be interested in hearing his original piano music.

With no practice spaces available, Palmer said, “My house is six blocks away. I have a piano. Let’s go there.” So they did. Allen performed, and his music so impressed Palmer that she asked him if she could webcast to her fans on the spot. For the next hour, he played original compositions and improvisations for Palmer’s online fanbase (over 450,000 Twitter followers), insuring that many would witness the event.

The response was ecstatic and demand for Allen’s music was such that Palmer invited him to a studio a few weeks later to record a five-song EP. It was funded directly from her fanbase using Kickstarter, generating over $8,000 in 48 hours. The EP, recorded in September in Boston with engineer Owen Curtin and produced by Amanda Palmer, includes four of Allen’s compositions and one four-handed piano duet, “János vs. Wonderland,” that Palmer and Allen wrote together and recorded exclusively for the album. You can download the MP3 of “János vs. Wonderland” duet with Amanda Palmer HERE for a taste of what you will hear on the rest of the self titled EP, Tristan Allen!

The CD release concert, An Evening with Amanda Palmer and Tristan Allen, will take place Sunday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC). The concert will be streamed live via Ustream. Ticket proceeds will fund a Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program scholarship. The album will be available in physical and digital format on KickStarter!

Tristan Allen
Tristan Allen’s music is solo piano (no vocals), blending heartful passages of improvisational rhythm and textural, cinematic drama, inviting comparisons to his heroes Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Eric Satie, and Yann Tierson. His upbringing added to his artistic coffers; his Montreal-native mother is a dance professor at a university, and his father is a top scenic designer. The family lived in Japan for several years. Allen, currently a senior at Saratoga Springs High School, plans to study piano performance and electronic music in college.

Amanda Palmer
Amanda Palmer is a performer, director, composer, and musician who is best known for her role as front woman and keyboardist for the internationally acclaimed punk cabaret band the Dresden Dolls. In 2008, Palmer released Who Killed Amanda Palmer, her debut solo album which was produced by Ben Folds. Palmer is currently on a reunion tour with The Dresden Dolls and recently ended a sold-out run of 43 shows in which she starred as the Emcee in the American Repertory Theater’s production of “Cabaret” in her native Boston.

Berklee Performance Centeris located: 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

General admission tickets are $10 and will be available starting Nov. 5 at the BPC box office and through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000 or A limited number of free tickets will be available for Berklee students, faculty, staff, and alumni. For more information, visit or call 617-747-2261.
The venue is wheelchair accessible.

13 Jun

Amanda “Fucking” Palmer, the un-pin-downable front-woman of The Dresden Dolls, gleefully announced her release from a major label stranglehold in April after a protracted legal battle with Roadrunner Records. To celebrate, Palmer hit the home studio of engineer Mick Wordley in Adelaide, Australia and self-produced a collection of Radiohead covers on ukulele (an instrument she learned “as a joke” in 2008 to play the Radiohead song “Creep” at a pal’s benefit for Iranian punk musicians), adding minimal touches of prepared and toy piano.

Titled AMANDA PALMER PLAYS THE POPULAR HITS OF RADIOHEAD ON HER MAGICAL UKULELE, with ’50s kitsch artwork to match, the album may seem a surprisingly plaintive & sweet departure for those familiar with her usually dynamic recordings, but not surprising for those who have been following her live shows. “Creep” became an anthemic request on her world-wide tour last year, making waves when Howard Stern broadcast her version (he fully approved), and making rock history at Coachella when she led a “Creep” sing-a-long held aloft by fans after crowd-surfing across her tent to “Ride of the Valkyries” by Wagner.

Album Tracks include “Idioteque” (the first single, available now via Bandcamp), “Creep”, “No Surprises”, “High and Dry”, “Fake Plastic Trees” and a bonus version of “Exit Music (For a Film)” for piano and string quartet that was recorded live at The Sydney Opera House with Australian arranger Lyndon Chester on violin and San Francisco’s famed loop-tech-goddess Zoë Keating on cello.

Palmer has been a very vocal supporter of direct fan-to-artist support and the album will be available for donation online through bandcamp. Unlike In Rainbows, the (in)famous industry-bending donation-only release, Palmer will be asking for a donation of 84¢ or more, 54¢ of which going directly back into Radiohead’s pockets for the legal use of their songs (with the remaining 30¢ going to PayPal to cover the transaction fee). Palmer, who is a huge fan of Radiohead’s release strategies, is hoping that this will be a good education for music fans about how cover songs “work” and how artists pay for their usage. The album will also be available as a vinyl record (limited to 1,000 pieces) that will be bundled with special extras, including ukuleles hand-painted by Amanda (inspired by the various songs she’s covered), as well as a personal phone call from Amanda, during which she’ll take song requests (limited, obviously, to her narrow repertoire of Radiohead-via-ukulele covers).

The album (download, vinyl, and bundle order) will be available starting July 17th on the internet form and will be accompanied by a Special Luau Webcast (time TBD) during which Palmer hopes to lead a tiki-lit limbo contest.

I’m slaphappy with freedom“, says Palmer, “and this is the perfect project to celebrate with. I’m really proud of the way this record wound up sounding…it’s actually a lot more emotional than I expected. Radiohead songs almost play themselves because the songwriting is so genius, and the ukulele is perfect for laying that genius bare. I tried to strip the songs down as far as possible without destroying them.

Palmer is currently in the middle of a week-long run in NYC with Evelyn Evelyn (her theatrical side-project with Seattle songwriter Jason Webley) at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

Tickets are still currently available for all of the shows, wherein you’ll most likely be able to catch one of Palmer’s Radiohead covers, in person.

Dates are as follows:

June 13 – Lucille Lortel Theatre – New York, New York
June 17 – 9:30 Club – Washington DC
June 18 – Theater of Living Arts – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 19 – House of Blues – Boston, Massachusetts

03 Jun

With the release of their upcoming self-titled album approaching, Steel Train is proud to announce an exclusive all-female companion album that features each of the new album’s twelve tracks reinterpreted, re-imagined and remixed by some of Steel Train’s favorite female artists. The release entitled Terrible Thrills Vol. 1 will feature friends and collaborators Tegan & Sara, Scarlett Johansson, Holly Miranda, Deradoorian, Amanda Palmer and Anna Waronker, among others. Terrible Thrills Vol. 1 will be available via pre-orders and vinyl / deluxe packages at Steel Train will be released on the band’s own label Terrible Thrills on June 29th.

“What makes this album so special to us is that each of these amazing artists took our songs and made it into something totally new and special” says songwriter Jack Antonoff. “They’ve created an altered universe version of Steel Train.”

Praised by Spin, Entertainment Weekly, Alternative Press, Esquire and Relix for his passionate songwriting, Terrible Thrills holds special significance to Antonoff. “I couldn’t be happier with how the new Steel Train album turned out. But when I was writing these new songs, I had pictured a female taking the lead. With Terrible Thrills, my wish came true,” laughs Antonoff.

The first track from Terrible Thrills Vol. 1 will be available shortly via the band’s website. Steel Train will head out on a national headlining tour beginning June 22nd. Tour dates below.

Terrible Thrills Vol. 1 Artists (in order of appearance):

Scarlett Johansson
Tegan & Sara
Holly Miranda
Alia Shawkat
Amanda Palmer
Elizabeth and the Catapult
Charlotte Caffey (of The Go Go’s) and Astrid McDonald
Anna Waronker
Rachel Antonoff
and more …


June 22 Mercury Lounge New York, NY
June 24 Eagle Theatre Pontiac, MI
June 25 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
June 26 The Firebird St. Louis, MO
June 27 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
June 29 Bluebird Theatre Denver, CO
June 30 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT
July 2 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
July 6 El Rey Los Angeles, CA
July 7 Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ
July 9 Emo’s Alternative Lounge Austin, TX
July 10 House of Blues Dallas, TX
July 12 The Social Orlando, FL
July 12 Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, GA
July 14 Exit/In Nashville, TN
July 16 Grog Shop Cleveland, OH
July 17 Water St. Music Hall Rochester, NY
July 20 Jammin Java Vienna, VA
July 21 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, PA
July 22 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
July 23 Middle East Cambridge, MA

01 Oct

Kill Hannah are proud to announce the release of their seventh studio album, Wake Up The Sleepers this week! The new record is the band’s most proud, personal achievement to date, and features vocal contributions form Amanda Palmer, Benji Madden, and the Chicago Childrens Choir. To celebrate the release, Kill Hannah would like to share “Tokyo” as a free mp3. You can pull it down from here (Right click, save as)

Buy Wake Up The Sleepers on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

30 Jan

Coachella Lineup Announced, Tickets Onsale Now!

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The lineup for Coachella was announced today and it’s.. ehhh. The three main headliners are Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure. Throw in Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Amy Winehouse, TV On The Radio and Lupe Fiasco and you have a pretty eclective lineup for the weekend. I don’t think that I’ll be going tough.If I did go though to one day, it’d probably be the first day. Check out the links to get your tickets and the lineup below them:

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FRIDAY, APRIL 17: Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Beirut, The Black Keys, Girl Talk, Silversun Pickups, The Ting Tings, The Crystal Method, Ghostland Observatory, Crystal Castles, The Airborne Toxic Event, We Are Scientists, N.A.S.A., Patton & Rahzel, M. Ward, The Presets, The Hold Steady, A Place to Bury Strangers, Felix da Housecat, Buraka Som Sistema, Ryan Bingham, Bajofondo, Peanut Butter Wolf, Noah & the Whale, White Lies, The Bug, Alberta Cross, Los Campesinos!, Craze & Klever, Molotov, Switch, Gui Boratto, Steve Aoki, The Aggrolites, People Under the Stairs, The Courteeners, Cage the Elephant, Dear and the Headlights.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18: The Killers, Amy Winehouse, Thievery Corporation, TV on the Radio, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, MSTRKRFT, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Atmosphere, Mastodon, TRAV$DJ-AM, Henry Rollins, Crookers, Turbonegro, Hercules and Love Affair, Superchunk, Glasvegas, Dr. Dog, Drive-By Truckers, Booker T & the DBT’s, Amanda Palmer, The Bloody Beetroots, Surkin, Para One (Live), Calexico, Liars, Bob Mould Band, Zane Lowe, Electric Touch, Blitzen Trapper, James Morrison, Drop the Lime, Glass Candy, Thenewno2, Gang Gang Dance, Billy Talent, Ida Maria, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Zizek, Cloud Cult, Tinariwen.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19: The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Throbbing Gristle, Lupe Fiasco, Paul Weller, Peter Bjorn and John, X, Antony & the Johnsons, Roni Size, Public Enemy, Jenny Lewis, Groove Armada, Paolo Nutini, Christopher Lawrence, Lykke Li, The Kills, Okkervil River, M.A.N.D.Y., Clipse, Sebastien Tellier, Fucked Up, Perry Farrell, The Horrors, Late of the Pier, K’naan, Junior Boys, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Supermayer, No Age, Vivian Girls, Shepard Fairey, Themselves, Gaslight Anthem, The Knux, Mexican Institute of Sound, The Night Marchers, Marshall Barnes.