Evelyn Evelyn Unveiled

"World's first and only conjoined-twin singer-songwriter duo" stops for two nights in the City.

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The Evelyn Sisters "are parapagus tripus dibrachius twins, sharing three legs, two arms, three lungs, two hearts and a single liver," according to their website.
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We were all wondering what "the world's first and only conjoined-twin singer-songwriter duo" Evelyn Evelyn was going to look like. They emerged through the basement door of the Great American Music Hall looking timid.
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Seemingly uncomfortable with the bright lights of the big city, Evelyn Evelyn took the stage Saturday night, for the first of two gigs in San Francisco.
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Clutching her purse like a security blanket,The Evelyns approach the keyboard at center stage.
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Her obviously custom made outfit was classy, if not a little prudish. (Costume lovingly designed and created by Kambriel.)
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Tour manager Eric Sussman from South Ships helps the Evelyns hit the bench just right as to not have an embarrassing mishap that may go viral.
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Evelyn looks longingly at Evelyn as they ease into their introductions and first tune together at the keyboard.
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According to their website, "EVELYN and EVELYN NEVILLE are a songwriting duo performing original compositions on piano, ukulele, guitar and accordion." The beautiful setting of the Great American Music Hall seemed perfect for such a special night.
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One of my favorite songs was about needing your space, or better said, "Myspace." The sold-out audience hoisted flaming lighters and joined in for a rock anthem singalong of "I just want My Space."
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Evelyn handler Sxip Shirey (second from left) MC'ed the evenings events, and did a puppet show while Evelyn sang a song about growing up.
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According to their website, "The sisters are parapagus tripus dibrachius twins, sharing three legs, two arms, three lungs, two hearts and a single liver.
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The Evelyns spent "three full years in the studio recording their debut album," released March 30, and are now on a 13-city tour through North America.
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Handler Sxip Shirey's puppet show was great! The two guys holding the screen are volunteers plucked from the audience each night.
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At times, it was hard to tell the two apart, but one definitely looked more "Amanda-ish" than the other who looked more "A-man-(duh)-ish."
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After about an hour performance, Evelyn Evelyn left the stage and the show took a 15-minute intermission.
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After the break, Evelyn Evelyn Producer Jason Webley surprised the audience with a solo set.
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In order to wake up the seated crowd who'd just had a break, Webley pitted the two sides against each other for the classic, "who can yell louder" gag.
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I'd never seen or heard Webley before and I really liked his set of tunes and exuberant attitude.
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After battling, the audience settled in for what ended up being close to two more hours of music.
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Possibly learning some circus tricks on the road from The Evelyns, Webley briefly made his skull disappear into a seemingly magical hat whilst not missing a beat on the accordion...
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...then *poof* and just like that his head popped back out and he continued along in the song. Amazing!
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After Jason Webley's performance, Amanda Palmer emerged for a set of her own.
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But first the pair did a few songs together.
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I don't think I've ever seen an Amanda Palmer performance that wasn't great.
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In-between songs, Palmer often spoke to the audience. At one point she talked about the European tour they had recently finished that was "doomed with the ash cloud and all... Then Jason hit the Dutch Police car."
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"I guess everything is an adventure, but our American tour has been good so far," Palmer continued.
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It was at the Saturday night show that Amanda Palmer publicly announced that she will be self-releasing a "Six-song EP of Radiohead songs on the ukulele."
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Palmer said that since being recently let go from her former label Roadrunner Records, she has much more freedom to do what she wants with her career.
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Palmer, a big fan of red wine, didn't get a chance to stop off in wine country on this pass, but she did tell a funny story about spending the previous night in Corning, CA (off Interstate 5 between Redding and Chico) where she said the town motto should be, "Home of crystal meth, olives, and people who smile at you along the street."
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MC Sxip Shirey joined in as the evening started to wind down.
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Palmer spoke many times about the beauty of the Great American Music Hall at one point saying, "From the architecture to the staff, this venue is special. We worked our lives to be able to play here. So come see shows here!"
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The four got the audience enthusiastically singing a drinking song after leading willing participants in a tight-rotation, 12-turn-spin so that everyone in the room felt wasted for just a few moments.
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After the show a meet-and-greet table was set up where fans could have Palmer and Webley sign something. The line snaked down three walls of the venue surrounding staffers who had to clean up around all of these extra people.
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Palmer seems to really love her fans and understands that surviving without the help from the staff of a major label hinges on connecting one-on-one with fans and staying in-touch with her base.
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Palmer is a heavy user of social networking websites like Twitter and at one point in the show she wisely encouraged everyone in the room with a cell phone to text their email addresses to her so she could stay in touch... with ALL of them.
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On Monday Palmer took the crew to Twitter headquarters where she serenaded workers with ukulele Radiohead covers as she tweeted pix and info to her 400,000+ followers. Here she funkifies a fan's ukulele.
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Magician Paul Nathan was on hand at the end of both shows, before the party got moved to his place Sunday night. He told me that his Climate Theater will be closing after his three-day-run of "Devil in the Deck" June 3rd - 5th. After that he'll be taking his show to The Glastonbury Festival in England, aka: "If Burning Man was fun and had entertainment."
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At the end of the night The Evelyns squeezed into their trailer not to be seen again until the next performance. If you live in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago, Toronto, Montréal, New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, or Boston, you really should catch them on tour. "It's a fun, irreverent night of performance art, comedy, and live-single-handed-instrument-playing. Not to be missed! - Josh Keppel, NBC"
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