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U.S. PRESS
07/2005

Life is a Cabaret...
AMANDA PALMER of the Dresden Dolls
"At this moment, my most memorable experience is probably the chocolate I just ate."

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Sick Among The Pure 07/2005

f you ask the Dresden Dolls where they got their name from, this is what they’ll tell you: Dresden is a city in eastern Germany that was known widely for it’s delicate china and porcelain, and for the delicate and innocent “dresden dolls” made from said stuffs.  Ironically, many people also associate Dresden with the not-so-delicate firebombing that took place at the hands of the allies towards the very end of WWII in 1945, practically leveling the entire inner city (and it’s unparalleled architectural beauty) within a few short days and killing thousands of men, women and children.”
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Sick Among The Pure 07/2005

This article should start out with a toy piano, blue lights and an empty stage.  Instead I’m running for a cab.  Shirt sleeves and pink corset ribbons aren’t sticking out the side of my luggage, makeup isn’t falling out of unzipped pouches, but I packed so hastily it feels like it should be.  Right now I’m rushing to catch Delta filght 1898 direct to JFK.  New York marks the end of three cities and four shows.
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05/2005

The Dresden Dolls hold the unique distinction of having been hand-picked by Trent Reznor for the Nine Inch Nails comeback tour. Metro speaks with pianist and vocalist Amanda Palmer about the honor.
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05/2005

A little more than a year ago, the Dresden Dolls got their first ink in this paper for a show at the venerable-but-tiny Frederick's Music Lounge. Six months later they were at the mid-size Mississippi Nights. Now, they're taking a break from opening for Nine Inch Nails to play at the big ol' Pageant.
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05/2005

Trent Reznor now looks like Greg Dulli acts. Dude is buff all of a sudden -- BALCO'd out and shit. Towering over his adoring legions Thursday night at the Warfield, the Nine Inch Nails frontman's muscles glistened with pro wrestler intensity and confidence. A momentary triumph of animal lust over superhuman self-loathing, he has mastered the art of disguising the latter as the former.
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The Buzz Magazine 05/2005

Cabaret Punk? Bertold Brecht and Kurt Weill on a bender at CBGB's? It's hard to nail down just what Boston's Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione sound like, but in a few short years they have risen from coffee house obscurity to play over 100 shows a year..
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04/2005

The music of the Dresden Dolls defies categorization. Is the Boston duo cabaret-pop? Baroque-punk? Tori Amos and Lene Lovich on a Gothic bender? Vaudevillian rock?
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04/2005

When the Lollapalooza tour was canceled last summer, one of the bigger casualties would seem to have been the Dresden Dolls. For an emerging act like the Dresden Dolls, Lollapalooza promised to be quite a coming out party — a chance each day for the Boston-based duo to play in front of thousands of people who otherwise might never be introduced to the group's dynamic live show.
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04/2005

A duo that dons stark white panckae makeup and bowler hats and melds German Cabaret music with the raw energy of punk rock isn't the type of outfit you'd expect to sell out shows and cultivate a near-army of devoted fans.
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04/2005 It was a beautiful night for a stroll down the beach, the end of a fine, early spring day. Althoug the surf had a string pull, The Stone Pony beckoned with the promise of a "real show".
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McKeesport Daily News 04/2005

Admit it: You're totally lost if goth isn't accompanied by an overbearing helping of cabaret-style piano rock Fret not, Boston's Dresden Dolls are more than happy to accomodate you.
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Sick Among The Pure 04/2005

Equal parts Weimar Republic-era cabaret act and The Slits, with a heaping helping of Goth bombast, this theatrical duo (fronted by songwriter Amanda Palmer) sure can make a hell of a lot of sweet-sounding and angsty noise.
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03/2005

When the Dresden Dolls won Boston's WBCN Rock & Roll Rumble battle of the bands in 2003, it signaled the end of the beginning. Rising up from the city's art world, the band started out performing gigs at art galleries and art parties.
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03/2005

When I hear something totally unexpected in music come along, sometimes I try to imagine what the discussion at the record company sounded like. Someone said to someone else: “You know what music needs? A German cabaret sound!” The reply: “I’m sold! I’ll find ‘em!”
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03/2005

Ask Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione, a.k.a. The Dresden Dolls, if they believe in fate and their mouths break out into big, gooey smiles that threaten to consume both faces whole. "Oh, yeah!" Amanda exclaims. "Uh-huh!" Brian exclaims. "Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes," their eyes exclaim in unison.
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03/2005

So, the last time I chatted with Amanda Palmer from The dresden Dolls, it was via telephone. But at that time, The dresden Dolls were only on the cusp of exploding within the indie rock world. Since then, they've signed to a major label (the almost exclusively metal Roadrunner) been added to the lineup of Coachella, and been tapped tp open some dates for Nine Inch Nails in Europe.
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02/2005

They call their music "Brechtian punk cabaret," and that's not a bad description, but the Boston-based piano-and-drums duo The Dresden Dolls might be best described as pre-rock punk rock. Pianist-singer Amanda Palmer and drummer Brian Viglione bash their way through Weimar Republic-style beer-hall stomps and piano-based rock, with Palmer's depressive lyrics and dramatic vocal style (sort of a more tuneful Nico) as the gateway into a compelling picture of obsession and depression, served up (mostly) with a smile..
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02/2005

Boston's Dresden Dolls sound like chipping paint and brittle porcelain. They muse for the Victrola. They film videos for Earth's largest zoetrope. They tripped the flux capacitor to a 1930s German cabaret and rocked out Marty McFly-style.
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02/2005

Dresden Dolls bizarre marriage for punk-rock intensity and Goth-y cabaret style is hard to resist. In fact, vocalist/pianist Amanda Palmer and drummer Brian Viglione are now big enough to headline the Theatre of the Living Arts...
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02/2005 While many people were glued to their televisions for yet another fantastic Patriots Super Bowl victory, there was another group of people down at The Space Gallery for quite the show from The Dresden Dolls. I use the word show but perhaps "experience" would better get the point across. From the moment I walked in and surrendered my ticket, it was like entering another world.
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02/2005 Comprised of Amanda Palmer; vocalist and pianist, along with Brian Viglione; drummer, the Dresden Dolls are a self-proclaimed "Brechtian punk cabaret" band from Boston who have created an entirely new style of music - melding rock, jazz, pop and German influences to create a driving and unclassifiable genre.
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01/2005

With their jones for Kurt Weill and 30's cabaret, thier white-faced homage to mimes (singer-pianiat Amanda Palmer even studied briefly with legendary mime Marcel Marceau) and, of course, their Teutonic handle, The Dresden Dolls have "import" stamped all over their sound - and their highly theatrical schtick.
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01/2005

Last week, I heard a Channel 104.9 DJ lead-in to the Dresden Dolls single "Coin-Operated Boy" with a cheeky warning. "Here's either the most loved or most hated song." For those unaware, "Coin-Operated Boy" is a piano and drums ditty about isolation cloaked in what best can be described as Weimarian punk cabaret.
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01/2005 Another new unusual group, the Dresden Dolls have done quite wll for themselves. A cabaret-style duet with a morbid twist, their self-titled studio debut - which was preceded by the privately released "A is for Accident," has grown in popularity with the college crowd.
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01/2005 The Dresden Dolls, comprised of two of the best songwriters of this decade, take the boiling rage of red-hot romantic rejection and infuse it into the feel and structure of Broadway musical scores....
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ARC Magazine Winter 04/05

You’re standing twenty feet from the stage at Bowery Ballroom in New York City, and your favorite band begins to play your favorite song. You’ve forsaken things like groceries and the electricity bill because getting a ticket for tonight is like groceries or electricity for your soul. And now the moment is upon you.
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State Press
Arizona State Univ.
12/2004

The Dresden Dolls are like nothing else. This is one band no one can label generic or tired. Dresden Dolls is compromised of vocalist and pianist Amanda Palmer and drummer Brian Viglione
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12/2004 The Dresden Dolls don’t so much get interviewed as talk with each other and let someone else listen in on the fun. The Boston duo of pianist/songwriter Amanda Palmer and drummer Brian Viglione are like siblings, bickering school kids, sweethearts and co-dependent guardians all at once.
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11/2004

When the Lollapalooza tour was canceled this summer, one of the bigger casualties would seem to have been the Dresden Dolls. For an emerging act like the Dresden Dolls, Lollapalooza promised to be quite a coming out party a chance each day for the Boston-based duo to play in front of thousands of people who otherwise might never be introduced to the group's dynamic live show.
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11/2004 As the saying goes, life is about the journey, not the destination. And perhaps this same concept can be applied to seeing a live show instead of being content with listening to a recorded album.
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11/2004 There is no one certain element to the Dresden Dolls that makes them a refreshing combination of musical integrity and rock 'n' roll . Vocalist and Piano player Amanda Palmer pounds out the Goth/cabaret-infused melodies that float along her ardent vocals while drummer Brian Viglione, the band's only other member, sets the shifting speed.
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11/2004 Six reasons why the Dresden Dolls ought to suck...but don't
1)They're a duo. Oh, Lord, spare us from another two-person onslaught. It was cute when the White Stripes had their pseudo-incestuous flirting a few years ago, but since then, the market for stripped-down bands has petered out.

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11/2004 After their inception in Boston in the year 2000, the Dresden Dolls quickly built up a cult following and consistently destroyed local venues. Since the release of their debut album in 2003, they have been doing the same across the entire nation, their visit to St. Louis' Mississippi Nights on November 6th being no exception.
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10/2004 Usually, out of the hundreds of bands that play Austin's South by Southwest music convention every year, one emerges victorious - hit single, hit video in hand.
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10/2004 Dresden Dolls makes songs that sound like a soundtrack to an archly gothic, cobwebbed version of Cabaret. We talked to singer Amanda.
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10/2004 The Dresden Dolls are proof a band can have label success and hold onto creative freedom.
With an unlikely alt-radio hit, "Coin-Operated Boy," in tow, the Boston-based duo of Amanda Palmer (piano, voice) and Brian Viglione (drums) is connecting with listeners.

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10/2004 The growing crowd is very interesting, to say the least. I don't think I've ever seen such a dense collection of bi-curious, pierced and or tattooed, leather-wearing, punk Gothics in Athens before, and they're here to see the Dresden Dolls .
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10/2004 The Dresden Dolls are a Boston duo with musical influences as thickly layered as their white face-paint: Amanda Palmer on piano and Brian Viglione on drums. I am wholly ignorant of the diverse and historical sources from which The Dresden Dolls derive their unique musical vision.
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Emo's 10/8/04 10/2004 Finally, the band everyone was waiting for took the stage: the Dresden Dolls. When Sabrina first saw the two of them - singer/pianist Amanda Palmer and drummer Brian Viglione - get on stage in full stage makeup and costume, she leaned over and whispered to me: "They're like the gothic anti-Mates Of State." But they're more than that. Describing themselves as "brechtian punk cabaret," the Dresden Dolls are theatrical, but not in a cheesy Broadway musical sort of way-rather, a turn-of-the-century, European bohemia.
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Brainlove.com 10/2004 You wouldn't notice the Dresden Dolls slip into the venue if you weren't looking out for them - a young, foppish looking guy with a Frischmann haircut and a shy girl, dressed in black, face down, hiding behind her fringe and trying not to be noticed. They bear little resemblance to the white faced art-historic clockwork-clown cabaret mannequins that will appear later in front of the sold-out indie mafiosi/ notebook scribbling teen-goth crowd (but I guess even Marilyn Manson doesn't wake up in character, as much as he'd like to).......
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10/2004 At first glance it’s easy to mistake the two members of the Dresden Dolls as an art exhibit. With their chalk-white face paint, rosy cheeks and 1920s cabaret-inspired clothing, they look as though they should be pretending to be trapped inside an invisible box as opposed to playing rock music.
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drowned in sound.com 10/2004 Rock stars with a flare for the dramatic walk a fine line. While costumes, makeup and theatrical devices can entice and enthrall, they can also threaten to override what's coming out of the speakers, reducing the music to background noise in support of the band's schtick. On the evidence of their debut album, this isn't a problem The Dresden Dolls are going face any time soon………
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10/2004

Usually, out of the hundreds of bands that play Austin's South by Southwest music convention every year, one emerges victorious -- hit single, hit video in hand. So far from this year's festival, that one band has been Franz Ferdinand, a Glasgow pop-rock quartet whose big splash at SXSW is being credited for the band's subsequent success.
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08/2004

Unconvential duo throws musical structure to the wind on indie CD that mingles bohemian cabaret with modern riffs.   For those who crave music from outside the box, there's the very welcome emergence of the Dresden Dolls.........
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07/2004

In the complex, sinister world of Boston's Dresden Dolls, Brechtian punk, show tunes and decadent pop conflate to capture the confusion of mental illness. Singer and pianist Amanda Palmer sings frantic songs, teetering between intimate confession and disturbing disconnect, while Brian Viglione's drumming slams underneath.......
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06/2004

Let's face it: if you're a rock band based in Beantown, you've got more than one pair of skin-tight leather trousers to fill. If the bar band-turned-stadium-filling paleontologiy exhibit on wheels known as Aerosmith isn't enough of an intimidator, meditate on this lineage: The Modern Lovers. The Cars. The Pixies. You can hear snippets of all 3 in just about every song on modern rock radio today (in addition to several albums worth of enduring classics by all 3 of the groups themselves).
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05/2004

This boy/girl psycho pop sideshow (or "Brechtian punk cabaret," as they call it) is in equal measures truly transcendent and an inexorable irritant. Boston duo The Dresden Dolls - Amanda Palmer on piano and vocals, and drummer Brian Viglione - are, I'm tempted to say, Hedwig and The Angry Inch meets The White Stripes, but that's giving The White Stripes waaay too much credit........
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04/2004

Boston duo the Dresden Dolls - drummer Brian Viglione and singer/pianist Amanda Palmer - arrive in a flurry of makeup, meds and mayhem..........
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01/2004 I am really starting to like Providence. Well, at least some of its venues and a few shops.....
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01/2004

Den etwas ungewöhnlichen Namen THE DRESDEN DOLLS tragen zwei Bostoner Musiker. Amanda Palmer (Piano, Gesang) und Brian Viglione (Schlagzeug) versetzen den Hörer in die 20er Jahre des 20. Jahrhunderts zurück......
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12/2003

Apparently, there's only one thing more fashionable than slapping on some white face paint, donning the ol' bowler hat and indulging in some baroquely realized eyebrows: managing your own band while running an independent record label......
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12/2003 It was difficult to discern the performers from the concertgoers Wednesday night at club Axis on Boston's historic Landsdowne Street across from the Fenway park. Inside the dark club, everyone was wearing a mask and formal attire.....
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12/2003

Boston's most original act in ages, a punk-cabaret duo in whiteface, exposes Amanda Palmer's theatrical songs of piano and pathos....
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12/2003

The Best CDs of 2003
Boston's dark and sexy little cabaret punk band presents an eclectic roster of subtly vicious pop songs....

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11/2003

I've never met Dresden Dolls' pianist-singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer, so I can't tell you what kind of person she is. She writes vivid first-person songs, so I can't prove you wrong if you choose to hear the Dresden Dolls as a monomaniacal series of diary entries.......
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11/2003

The Self-titled debut from Boston's Dresden Dolls rocks about as much as you can without actually rocking......
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fall/2003

Equal parts rock, goth, punk, cabaret, opera and vaudville, The Dresden Dolls - Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione - are not typical New Englanders.....
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tufts daily 10/2003 

Breaking Out of the Doll House
The Dresden Dolls inspire with their unique style of music
Most theater-goers are familiar with the Brechtian style of theater, in which a play attempts to get into the audience members' minds instead of their hearts. Such plans often reaching towards complex philosophical questions, following the style of the German playwright Bertolt Brecht. But a Brechtian punk cabaret?

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10/2003

It all begins with a tinny, toy piano melody that seems to indicate that we're entering some old, dusty dollhouse in someone's forgotten attic, populated by the porcelain dolls that are strewn through the liner artwork, who alternate between innocently angelic and eerily demonic, with cracks in their glass and cloudy eyed glares that warn against entering this collage of splintered personality.....
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The Noise 09/2003 It's The Dresden Dolls' CD release show, and anyone who didn't already know can tell from the street that this is no ordinary band--The Paradise's awning is adorned with hanging vines, and the throng outside is a churning kaleidoscope of satin, feathers, body paint, and geometrically impossible haircuts. Some of the ceremoniously festooned are just smoking or catching some air, but many are hoping for tickets; this event is sold out, babycakes.
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2003

The Dresden Dolls are generating glowing buzz in the northeastern U.S., and it is easy to understand why based on this set of electric live performances.....
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03/2003

I first met Amanda Palmer eight years ago. After seeing her first perform at piano in her parents house with a small crowd gathered around, I knew she could be a star. After seeing the Dolls perform just over a week ago, I was completely wrong. Amanda Palmer is beyond potential star, she is the next rock and roll savior......
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02/ 2003 

In the summer of 2002 I met Amanda when she was performing with Brian at one of her famous Box parties.   This was the first time I saw The Dresden Dolls play, outside in their garden, to a very absorbed and unique crowd of friends.   I remember what caught my ears first, beyond the great songwriting, were the spaces between the notes, and the vast difference between the silences and the intensity.........
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09/2003 

The woman onstage doesn't look like a small-business owner. Her legs are spread and she's pummeling a piano. The harried young businesswoman is singing about a coin-operated boy, which would really simplify her love life. She is locked in a scary and delicious gaze with the drummer, whose face is painted white, and this helps her forget about the bookkeeping........
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09/2003 

Last week the Dresden Dolls opened their new band office in Chinatown, taking over a prime space that was formerly occupied by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. At their inaugural party, you couldn't miss the sense that a whole new style was moving in: next to the Bosstones' gold records on the walls hung the Dolls' artful gig flyers and their abstract paintings and silkscreens of group members Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione in various guises. Even their choice of refreshments -- red wine and sushi instead of beer and Red Bull -- indicated that the Dolls were throwing a different kind of party.......
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  09/ 2003

The Dresden Dolls, a duet featuring Amanda Palmer on keys (you might know her as the bride of Harvard Square) and her partner in mime, Brian Viglione, on drums, have been executing quirky, cathartic cabaret-rock in galleries and clubs around town to extremely receptive audiences.......
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boston magazine -09/2003 

Best Live Band ...Dresden Dolls have shattered notions about what packs the city's rock clubs
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07/2003 The Dresden Dolls, with Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, at the Middle East, Cambridge, Tuesday night. The Dresden Dolls' final song at the Middle East on Tuesday night was revelatory. Or at least the title of it was: "Girl Anachronism." Because, though the Dolls won this year's WBCN Rock and Roll Rumble and are a buzz name in the Northeast, there's a Weimar Republic- style sophistication to the band's cabaret pop........
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improper bostonian 06/2003

Getting the incomparable Gene Dante to host tonight's show was a stroke of pure genius. The sexy, sweet 'n' bratty thespian has just earned oodles of kudos for bringing Hedwig to Boston, and tonight he's busting out his trademark charm and zeal to turn All the Queen's Men's Curvy Baby CD release into a real event.............
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04/2003

I just love getting albums like this......
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03/2003 We can only assume that everyone in the free world - or at least metro Boston - has seen and heard the punk cabaret antics of the Dresden Dolls (Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione) by now. What! you haven't? Good Lord, there's no need to be embarrassed. Go! is here to help not mock......
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northeast performer
01/2003

The Boston music scene may have its foundations built solidly on pop and rock music but there has never been wanting in bands that failed to be easily incorporated into the mainstream fold and yet still kept tongues a wagging. One of the more recent additions to the "I don't know what you'd call it, but you've got to hear them!" category is the Dresden Dolls......and won this years WBCN Rock-n-Rumble.
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01/2003


Theatrical, bizarre, weird..however you slice it Dresden Dolls are not an ordinary band. This dynamic duo of Amanda Palmer (voice, piano) and Brian Vigilone (drums) have made what is easily this years best debut.....
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The Noise 12/2002 Getting the incomparable Gene Dante to host tonight's show was a stroke of pure genius. The sexy, sweet 'n' bratty thespian has just earned oodles of kudos for bringing Hedwig to Boston, and tonight he's busting out his trademark charm and zeal to turn All the Queen's Men's Curvy Baby CD release into a real event.............
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10/2002

When we last visited Amanda Palmer in our "Best" issue, she was in her guise as "the Seven-Foot Bride" -- a towering apparition in Harvard Square, swathed in white, painted in white face makeup, expressionless, waiting for a donation before bending to offer a flower in silent thanks. Since then, Palmer has become an impresario of the underground......
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the noise
10/ 2002

It won't take more than a song or two before you learn what The Dresden Dolls fans have known since day one: this is not your ordinary rock band. Brian Viglione on drums and Amanda Palmer on keys and vocals make music that's at once beautiful, disturbing, visual, and accessible......
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07/2002

Plays with Dolls
Where Rock Meets Theater, You'll Find Amanda Palmer.......

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6/2002 The Dresden Dolls, meanwhile, take Mantler's art-song leanings to the Violent Femmes end of American pop, with tales of romantic desperation and sexual confusion (the Replacements' "Androgynous" made an appearance) delivered in spare arrangements for drums, keyboard, and voice........
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05/2002

The Dresden Dolls, meanwhile, take Mantler's art-song leanings to the Violent Femmes end of American pop, with tales of romantic desperation and sexual confusion (the Replacements' "Androgynous" made an appearance) delivered in spare arrangements for drums, keyboard, and voice........
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05/ 2002

Expert's Picks for the Hottest Spring Events.....
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northeast performer


05/2002


The Dresden Dolls is another wonderfully off-kilter brainchild of performance artist and Boston scenestress extraordinaire Amanda Palmer.........
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