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Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra

Amanda Palmer came to prominence in the early 2000s as one half of the Dresden Dolls. While that band was embraced by goths, its aesthetic was, as Palmer has hinted, more in line with the conceptual musical theater embodied by the work of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. In May of this year, Palmer started a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $100,000 for her next record, an initiative that was enormously successful and resulted in Palmer's becoming the first musician to raise more than $1 million through crowdfunding. Ahead of her current tour with her new band, the Grand Theft Orchestra, Palmer put out a call to fans from around the country to play horns and strings at each date. With such fan interaction and involvement, Palmer has definitely raised the bar on the idea of giving back to your audience.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.