Punk cabaret singer and former Dresden Dolls frontwoman Amanda Palmer made headlines recently when fundraising efforts for her sophomore solo effort on Kickstarter amassed nearly $1.2 million dollars -- the largest amount ever raised on the crowd-funding site by a musician -- from more than 24,000 fans who pledged between $1 and $10,000.
Palmer’s fan-funded LP Theatre Is Evil is set to drop in September. But first, she's hitting the town for a few shows.
Wednesday night, Palmer plays at the Music Hall of Williamsburg with her band, The Grand Theft Orchestra, followed by a Saturday performance at the South Street Seaport Museum with her “magical ukulele." On Friday, Palmer’s touring pop-up art exhibit opens at Momenta Art Gallery in Bushwick for a weekend run. The show includes pieces by graphic artist Neil Gaiman -- he's also Palmer's husband -- Molly Crabapple and Shepard Fairey.
But before the shows get underway, get (re)acquainted with Amanda Palmer’s music. Download the catchy, defiant song “Want It Back” from Theatre. Also, check out her 2010 (magical) ukulele-led rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep” on Studio 360 and the music video for “Leeds United,” from her 2008 solo debut, Who Killed Amanda Palmer?, below.