NPR logo

Amanda Palmer: A Dresden Doll, Solo

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/123295591/123295590" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Amanda Palmer: A Dresden Doll, Solo

Amanda Palmer: A Dresden Doll, Solo

Amanda Palmer: A Dresden Doll, Solo

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/123295591/123295590" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Amanda Palmer. Photo courtesy of artist hide caption

toggle caption
Photo courtesy of artist

Amanda Palmer.

Photo courtesy of artist

Set List

  • "Leeds United"
  • "Runs in the Family"

The quirky and charismatic leader of the punk-cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer has spent recent years building her reputation as a solo artist. Her solo debut, Who Killed Amanda Palmer, came out in 2008.

With The Dresden dolls, Palmer developed a cult following in the budding "dark cabaret" scene. The group formed when Palmer met drummer Brian Viglione at a Halloween party, and the two released their debut album together in 2002. In 2006, they followed with Yes, Virginia.

Who Killed Amanda Palmer — its title a reference to the television series Twin Peaks — was produced by Ben Folds in Nashville. Since then, she's helped stage a high-school production of a play based on Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane, Over the Sea, and recently announced her engagement to writer Neil Gaiman.