The Dresden Dolls
The Dresden Dolls are a musical duo from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 2001, the group consists of Amanda Palmer (vocals, piano) and Brian Viglione (drums, guitar, back-up vocals); they describe their style as "Brechtian punk cabaret", a phrase invented by Palmer because she was "terrified" that the press would invent a name that "would involve the word gothic,".
The band toured with Nine Inch Nails in 2005 as a supporting act on the With Teeth Club Tour. During the tour, NIN gave Amanda a cake for her birthday which she described as "All Black, one solitary candle. Very NIN". The Dresden Dolls have released three studio albums and a live album.
In late 2007 Brian Viglione collaborated with NIN on two tracks for the album Ghosts I–IV.