Emilie Autumn | Metro | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., Feb. 15, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $21, $18 in advance
When poet Gregory Corso was asked why there were so few women among the beat generation writers, he said there were plenty who had the talent, but in the 50s rebellious women often ended up institutionalized. Violinist, singer, and songwriter Emilie Autumn (who has recorded or performed with Courtney Love, Billy Corgan, and Dethklok) has made her experiences in the mental-health system a cornerstone of her wild, inventive, disturbingly lovely style of quasi-industrial steampunk cabaret. Last year’s Fight Like a Girl (The Asylum Emporium), her first album of vocal songs in six years, is testimony to her wit, her resilience, and her desire to talk openly about things formerly stigmatized and hidden—and a generation of young women love her for it. It’s hardly easy listening, given its harsh themes, but it’s completely seductive as a sound and a show. This is a rescheduling of a canceled fall date. —Monica Kendrick



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