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Controversy Surrounds Palmer As She Releases Fan-Funded Album

Amanda Palmer performs on stage with her new band Grand Theft Orchestra in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, June 14. (AP)

Amanda Palmer performs on stage with her new band Grand Theft Orchestra in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, June 14. (AP)

Rock musician Amanda Palmer has gotten a lot of press this week. The Lexington native released her much-anticipated album “Theater is Evil” — the product of a wildly successful fundraising campaign on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter that netted her $1.2 million. Palmer’s and her band, the Grand Theft Orchestra, kicked off their tour on Monday.

But discussion of the album itself has been increasingly drowned out by controversy surrounding her invitation to local horn and string musicians to play with her band on tour in exchange for beer, hugs and high-fives. Some musicians and musician unions have reacted angrily, flooding Twitter and her website with calls to pay those musicians.

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