I would like to thank both Sue Kim for bringing me to this show and Ted Reinert for giving me a couple Regina Spektor albums–good times, good tunes.
By the time I spotted an exuberant couple swing-dancing in the wide carpeted isles of the Daughters of the American Revolution ballroom, I’d already quit trying to guess what would come next. A Regina Spektor neophyte in a CBGB T-shirt, I knew I was out of place as soon as the DAR’s chandeliers dimmed and Spektor’s devoted fans began cheering. But it didn’t take long before I was clapping along with the rest of the crowd.
A captivating performer with a voice like velvet, Regina Spektor has that effect on people. Raised in Moscow and then the Bronx, Spektor developed her distinctive style playing all over New York City, in small clubs, basements and synagogues–anywhere she could find a piano. Fast forward a decade and Spektor is signed with an imprint of Warner Brothers, playing a concert in one of the most patrician venue in all of Washington, DC. Her song “Chemo Limo” is rumoured to be featured on a forthcoming release from the president of hip-hop, Jay-Z.
None of these details do much to explain her utterly unique music. Combining poetic and occasionally bizarre lyrics with beautiful, halting melodies, Spektor’s style is difficult to describe. Her sound has been labelled everything from “anti-folk” to blues to indie rock. MTV’s James Montgomery calls it “twisty, turny, timeless and tangible music”, yet others have complained that her songs are too precious. Her latest album, “Far“, released over the summer, has been both praised for its ingenuity and maligned for its cuteness.
Though her recordings do occasionally border on twee, Spektor’s live show is raucous. Click here to read the rest of this MIL blog post.
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