The Dresden Dolls
Active in the Boston indie rock scene since 2001, Dresden Dolls is made up of singer/pianist Amanda Palmer and drummer Brian Viglione. Together they play a form of post-punk that is heavily influenced by Kurt Weill, and Cabaret music in general. Largely written by Palmer, the music moves in fits and starts, punctuated by Viglione's free jazz-flirting drum style. The lyrics are sharp, occasionally landing in the Tori Amos school of provocation. Vocally, Palmer is also somewhat indebted to Amos, exhibiting a similar elastic quality and playfulness with her phrasing. This is highly artistic music given muscle by Palmer's pop sense (there are hooks) and Viglione's jackhammer drumming. The duo has released two studio albums, Dresden Dolls and Yes, Virginia, as well as a compilation of unreleased and b-side tracks, No, Virginia.
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 49 minThese two concerts from Montreux in 1991 and 1992 catch Tori Amos right at the start of her solo career. The first from July 1991 was filmed a few months before the release of her Little Earthquakes album and the second from July 1992 followed a few months after. There is a fascinating progression from one year to the next as she grows in confidence and skill as a live performer, buoyed by the critical and commercial success of the album. Naturally most of the songs are taken from Little Earthquakes but there are also rare songs from her various EPs released across the two years which didnt make it onto the album including her distinctive takes on Led Zeppelins Whole Lotta Love and Thank You and Nirvanas Smells Like Teen Spirit.
Live at Koko
Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra
Runtime: 2 hr 1 minOnce the front woman of noughties duo The Dresden Dolls and one half of Evelyn Evelyn, Amanda Palmer is an infamous performer. Best described as punk cabaret, she is a pioneer of musical and theatrical performance. Watch Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra Live at Koko in London.
One Mile High...Live
Runtime: 1 hr 33 minAfter a five year break, 2012 saw Garbage back in the spotlight with a new studio album "Not Your Kind Of People" followed by their first world tour in seven years. Filmed on this tour at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado on October 6th, "One Mile High...Live" is the first ever film of a full Garbage concert. Charismatic singer Shirley Manson leads from the front propelled by the twin guitars of Steve Marker and Duke Erikson and the powerhouse drumming of Butch Vig with Eric Avery providing bass guitar for the live shows. The band mix highlights from the new album with classic tracks from across their career to produce the ultimate Garbage live experience.