Amanda Palmer, the rock singer-songwriter from Lexington who rose to stardom with her cabaret-punk band the Dresden Dolls, is a pioneer in a growing trend. As the music industry’s financial resources continue to crumble, more independent musicians are turning to fans to directly finance their work. Palmer recently raised nearly $1.2 million on Kickstarter — a record for Kickstarter music projects. She’ll use the money to fund an album, art book, and six-city summer tour that comes to the Middle East July 31-Aug. 2.
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