Naming your band the Grand Theft Orchestra is just asking for trouble—particularly when you ask musicians to volunteer their services for free. That's what Amanda Palmer did for this current tour; she sought to recruit local string, brass, and wind players to play just for the fun of it (and some beer, too) at shows on her current tour, in support of her just-released Theatre Is Evil. The problem? Palmer had already raised 1.2 million dollars from her fans via Kickstarter to support and promote the album, which lent her recruitment of gratis musicians a particularly stinky taste of shit in everyone's mouth. (Local musician Amy Vaillancourt-Sals of Classical Revolution PDX wrote a very well-thought-out indictment of Palmer's blunder on her blog, to which Palmer responded directly.) Steve Albini got involved, Palmer changed her tune, and all the musicians are now going to be paid. Fans of Palmer's dramatic flair should be satisfied, and the rest of us can happily go back to ignoring Palmer's insufferably arty, look-at-me pretense-rock. NED LANNAMANN
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