My new favorite band (thank you, Pandora): the Dresden Dolls. The band is a Boston duo with vocals by Amanda Palmer, who is supposed to be releasing an album this year with some collaboration by Ben Folds. They describe themselves as Brechtian (as in Bertolt) punk cabaret, which actually seems to fit. The lyrics are occasionally self-referential, often bitter and always insightful. The music is a blend of piano, carnival music, and the 1920′s. Plus a million other things. So cool.
Note, the youtube version of “Coin Operated Boy” is about a minute short. If you can get your hands on the full version, I find it much better. Another song I love below.