Sound Check: May 2008


Recently I
attended Uh Huh Her‘s first show in their North American tour and
interviewed them for I won’t spoil the whole interview, but I
will tell you that I had to ask them about something I’d read about on Tegan and Sara‘s
Coachella blog.
The twins wrote: "A few nights ago we met Linda Perry
and Clea DuVall through Leisha Hailey and Camila from Uh Huh Her and I acted like I was high on
crack cocaine and have been cringing since. So thank goodness for small

"We didn’t even think they knew who Linda was,"
Leisha said, laughing. "We love those girls!" She also said Uh Huh
Her is hoping to tour with Tegan and Sara sometime soon, which might be even
cooler than the idea of them all hanging out with Linda Perry and Clea DuVall.

Uh Huh Her

You know who else keeps really good company? Girl in a Coma.
Seriously — those ladies even have Joan Jett’s name written on their guitar
cases. They’re also incredibly hardworking — when they aren’t touring with
Morrissey, they are hitting up small venues on their own and also planning to
play in Oklahoma City
when the True Colors Tourcomes through on June 23.

When they came to Chicago’s
dive bar/remodeled garage venue Ronny’s, Girl in a Coma played hard and fast to
a mixed crowd of indie lesbians and gothic 20-somethings. Lesbian bassist Jenn
Alva had an intense energy that was shared by vocalist and guitarist Nina Diaz,
whose eyes looked so wide at times they might pop out of her head.

Several people sang along to songs from the trio’s debut
album Before I’m Gone,
and they debuted a new tune called "BB," saying they hope to
release a new LP in 2009. No need to rush — the ladies’ album landed on the
Billboard Heatseeker’s chart at No. 23 last week and at No. 21 on iTunes.

Releases Reviewed

Amanda Palmer
of the Dresden Dolls came out publicly as a bisexual around this time last
year, when her band joined the True Colors Tour. Since then, she’s played
several solo shows while working on an album of her own as well as continuing
to tour with the Dolls, only stopping to record another album.

I’m serious — Palmer and bandmate Brian Viglione took
one day off from tour and went right into the studio to record No, Virginia. Fans will notice that the
album is strangely familiar, as if it it’s the antithesis of their last album, Yes, Virginia. The album is full of B-sides,
unreleased tunes and reworked tracks.

Songs like "The Kill" really highlight the Dresden
Dolls’ ability to not take themselves too seriously. A band making good music
and having fun while doing it — no wonder they call themselves the Dolls.
Palmer plays keyboard instead of acoustic piano on No, Virginia, which actually sounds a
little more appealing, and anyone who is into cabaret punk with a tinge of goth
rock will find the music frighteningly fun.

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