The piano playing, corset wearing, Coin-Operated Boy singing, half of the Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer, was in San Francisco Saturday night when she announced to a sold-out audience at the Great American Music Hall that she would be recording and self-releasing what she called a "Six-song EP of Radiohead songs on the ukulele… You know why? Because I CAN!"
Palmer then busted out a touching version of Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees on the ukulele that made me want to pre-order a copy of the album right then and there.
Palmer was recently, and happily, dropped from her label Roadrunner Records and that has given her the freedom to do whatever she wants with her career.
Controversy aside, Saturday night’s show was really fun with Palmer and Jason Webley dressed up in a campy outfit playing keyboard, accordion and ukulele together with one-hand-each in a fun, silly performance that was a little over an hour long.
After a brief intermission, Webley and Palmer took turns playing together, and alone, for the better part of the next two hours.
In-between songs, Palmer spoke about her new found freedom and the importance of staying connected with her fans. At one point she had everyone text their email addresses so she could fatten up her mailing list.
Saturday night’s show was sold-out but there are still tickets available for Sunday and if you are looking for an irreverent, unusual night of entertainment, I’d recommend this one-time chance to see the famed “Evelyn” twins.