Amanda Palmer, the Builders & the Butchers, Zoe Keating | Metro | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Amanda Palmer, the Builders & the Butchers, Zoe Keating Recommended All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Wed., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. 2008

You might wonder why Dresden Dolls front woman Amanda Palmer would need to make a solo record, since the Dolls already provide such fertile ground for her oddity to flourish. Well, she originally wanted Who Killed Amanda Palmer (Roadrunner) to have a radically different sound—sketch-pad simple, with just her voice and her piano—but then Ben Folds, an idol of hers, agreed to produce, and after a year in a Nashville studio it ended up layered with horn and string arrangements and even accompanied by a book of photos. On “Guitar Hero,” which features a guest appearance by the Dead Kennedys’ East Bay Ray, she reveals her inner fangirl, and on “Oasis” she reveals her inner imp—it’s about a young girl who can breeze through all kinds of trauma (rape, abortion, traitorous best friend) because she’s so psyched about her favorite shallow Britpop band. —Monica Kendrick

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