Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra, The Simple Pleasure, Jherek Bischoff, Ronald Reagan

When: Fri., Sept. 14, 9 p.m. 2012

Perhaps the most notable difference between Amanda Palmer on her own and her offerings as part of The Dresden Dolls is that her solo work is delivered mostly without irony. The Dolls inhabit punk-rock aggression with cabaret-inspired piano pop melody, the stylistic juxtaposition pitting the desire to fit in against a defiant impulse to stand out. Palmer's solo songs reside largely within the same stylistic range, but there's little tension between her melodies and choice of instrumentation. She follows a classically sourced sense of tunefulness, belting powerfully through old-school pop songs with a fiery abandon more common in punk. It's less challenging than the Dolls, but it's every bit as satisfying. With The Simple Pleasure, Jherek Bischoff, Ronald Reagan. —Jordan Lawrence

Price: $22-25

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