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.
The Dresden Dolls Concert Films
Live at The Roundhouse
The Dresden Dolls
Runtime: 1 hr 1 minThe Dresden Dolls (Amanda Palmer & Brian Viglione) were formed in Boston in 2001. Their unique musical style combines influences from alternative rock and 1930's German cabaret to create something fresh, exciting and highly theatrical. This live show from London's recently restored Roundhouse is a visual feast featuring circus acts, gymnasts and cabaret dancers as well as the striking appearance of the Dresden Dolls themselves. The songs in the set are drawn from both their studio albums and also include previously unreleased material.
The Dresden Dolls Top Tracks
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.