City Planner: Wednesday 10/18

The Dresden Dolls @ First Avenue


today's A-List

: "Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no

Dresden Dolls

. It would be as dreary as if there were no vaudevillian cabarets, no plunkety toy pianos, no raunchy burlesque shows. The Boston-based duo's latest release,

Yes, Virginia

, sounds more affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age than the eponymous 2004 debut that put them on the punk-cabaret map--just compare the new single 'Sing' ('Sing for the president/Sing for the terrorists/Sing!') to their first hit, 'Coin Operated Boy' ('Made of plastic and elastic/He is rugged and long-lasting/Many shapes and weights to choose from/I will never leave my bedroom'). Still, the Dolls'

homemade YouTube video for 'Backstabber,'

which pits them in a knife fight against black-mascara coverboys Panic! At the Disco, is proof enough that they haven't completely abandoned fun as an aesthetic principle. That you can't hear it does not mean it isn't there; the serious stuff just gets more MTV2 play. And really, pianist Amanda Palmer wears black-and-white Beetlejuice stockings. Is anyone surprised she has two sides?"

With the Red Paintings. 18+. $16/$18 at the door. 8:00 p.m.


Buddy Guy @ Fine Line Magnolia Electric Co @ 7th St. Entry DJ Vadim @ Triple Rock

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