The Dresden Dolls
It’s no surprise that the big local winners in our Best Music Poll tend also to be the hardest working bands and artists. They also tend to at least be on the verge of a national breakthrough, even as they remain visibly rooted in the local scene. Letters to Cleo, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Dropkick Murphys are three of the more recent examples. So there’s nothing strange about the strong showing the Dresden Dolls had in this year’s poll. It was a year in which they supported their second proper studio album, Yes, Virginia (Roadrunner), were invited by Perry Farrell to play Coachella, and were taken on the road by Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails.
They’ve also maintained a strong local presence that’s included a collaboration with the American Repertory Theatre in the original production The Onion Cellar. And the next year promises to see more, as they prepare to join the eclectic True Colors tour with Cyndi Lauper, Erasure, Debbie Harry, the Gossip, and, yes, Margaret Cho. In the meantime, vocalist/pianist Amanda Palmer’s halfway through recording her first solo album, with Ben Folds producing, and drummer Brian Viglione’s been playing with Humanwine.
— Matt Ashare
by MATT ASHARE