Kansas native Melora Creager is a woman lost in time. Even her New York City band's Web site seems confused, listing its origin as 1891 beside photos of the trio dressed like Victorian-era dominatrixes. Originally dubbed the Traveling Ladies' Cello Society and founded as a means for Creager to experiment with her beloved cello she knows how to bow, after all (she backed up Nirvana on its last tour) the experiment quickly mutated into what we all know, love and call Rasputina. After enough lineup changes to make Josh Homme's head spin, the trio seems to have settled into a permanent crew made up of Creager, Zo´ Keating (cello, looping queen) and Jonathon TeBeest (drums). Forever clad in period garb but never a costume band, Rasputina's dark, ethereal, gothic chamber pop transports audiences to some 1870s mirror universe where chick cellists are not just dead sexy but, well, cool.