And now for something completely different: conjoined twin sisters sharing two arms, three legs, and a liver, orphaned shortly after birth, raised in a chicken coop, removed to a place where "uncles" frequently visited them and other young girls, eventually making their way to the freak show of a traveling circus and finally to a "solo" career as singer-songwriters. Or not. Evelyn Evelyn actually sprang from the fervid imaginations of Dresden Doll's Amanda Palmer and Seattle weird punk-folkster (for wont of a better term) Jason Webley, who, in full, fused costume, assume the twins' personae on stage. The sordid, tragicomic saga of the Evelyns (which would fit nicely into Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events) is told in all its bizarre glory on Evelyn Evelyn's eponymous debut, complete with conjoined elephants, a convoluted narrative, and a ukulele-driven cover of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart." Then there's the internet backlash from those who consider the whole EE scenario an affront to the genuinely afflicted, something Palmer and Webley insist they were entirely oblivious about. This strange setup does allow Palmer and Webley to make some metaphorical points about personal relationships and society, most quite obvious and weighted with absurdity and lurid details. Musically things fare better, from the fractured cabaret of the title track to the catchy "Chicken Man" (which in another universe could be paired nicely with Rufus Thomas's "Funky Chicken") and the kaleidoscopic ballad "My Space," which—if you're tethered to somebody else—undoubtedly is the final frontier. (Photo by Scott Irvine)
Tue., June 1, 7 p.m., 2010
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