“Palmer is set to join Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails as the artists that people tend to mention when they talk about the new music business.”
“I’d actually love to live in a world where Britney Spears could say: ‘I want to do a pop tour with 50 dancers and elephants, but instead of going to a corporation to fund it, I’m going to ask you, the fans.’ It’d be beautiful… “
– Amanda Palmer, NME
Singer, songwriter, piano-slayer & super-blogger Amanda Palmer re-solidified her title as the queen of crowd-sourcing this week when she hit over $1 million on her Kickstarter. As a thank you to her community of loyal supporters, she will host a very FREE, ALL-AGES special event in Brooklyn tonight counting down the final hours of the 30-day Kickstarter campaign with those who have helped to launch her ambitious global release! Kicking off on a closed-down-street in Gowanus at 6pm, it will be open to the public and will count down to a celebratory performance-art-endurance countdown featuring Amanda and her band, The Grand Theft Orchestra. High-level kickstarter backers will then be treated to a special post-midnight performance in a nearby loft. The event will take place at 55 9th St. (btw Smith St & 2nd Ave) in Brooklyn. Those who are not able to make it to the street party in person can stream the entire event, including the live concert, at http://partyontheinternet.com/. Party go-ers should keep an eye on that link for any last minute updates & details. Check For a taste of what you may hear live, download the album track “Want It Back” MP3 HERE or where it premiered withSPIN. Feel free to post & share.
Theater Is Evil is a diverse collection of tracks that feature Palmer’s powerful voice and thoughtful lyrics backed by a full spectrum of sound compositions. “Do It With A Rockstar” kicks it into full-force with a swirl of dissonant melodies and irregular rhythms before hitting home with a powerful, anthem-like chorus. “Massachusetts Avenue” dances with an undeniably playful tone and features a rush of bright, mighty horns. “Grown Man Cry” is full of dark undertones, each note reverberating and echoing before fading into the next. “The Bed Song” is a reflective piano ballad that showcases a more vulnerable side of Palmer as she recounts a lover’s intimate story, her dynamic voice transitioning seamlessly from wistful to commanding and back again.
Her first new studio album in four years, Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestrawill release Theater Is Evil this September. The band, which includes Michael McQuilken, Chad Raines and Jherek Bischoff, will embark on a six city summer tour unveiling the new album, which was recently recorded in Melbourne was produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse). The tour will feature a series of intimate performances alongside a dynamic visual art exhibit featuring 30 contemporary artists to include Frances Bean Cobain, Shepard Fairey, DJ Spooky, Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses), David Mack and Cynthia Von Buhler. Be sure to catch the band live and say tuned for more from Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra!