The Boston twopiece return from hiatus to play a handful of American shows

The Dresden Dolls are to reunite for two shows in the US in August.

The pair will play Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in their home town of Boston on 26 August, and will play the Coney Island Boardwalk Amphitheater in New York City on the 27th.

The band, Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione, officially went on hiatus in 2008 to pursue other projects, but have performed together occasionally since then.

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Their first return to the limelight was at the end of 2010, when they played a handful of American cities, including a New Year’s Eve show in San Fransisco. They then played Mexico City a year later, followed by a mini tour of Australia and New Zealand, as well as a one-off show in April last year in support of Record Store Day in New York.

The band, who describe themselves as “Brechtian punk cabaret”, last released a studio album, Yes, Virginia, in 2006, though they’ve released a handful of compilation works since them, including a three-LP set called The Virginia Monologues in 2015, which was limited to just 9,000 copies.

In recent years Palmer has been embarked on a solo career, which she has crowdfunded online through Kickstarter and Patreon. Viglione, meanwhile, has pursued a number of collaborations, while in 2013 he joined the Violent Femmes as their new drummer.