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Regina Spektor @ The Greek Theatre 10/28/09

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Regina Spektor (Photo via Regina Spektor's website)
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Regina Spektor emerged onto the stage of the Greek Theatre Wednesday night like a child at her first "grown up" party. Her flame-red hair hung in loose ringlets about her face, she wore a poofy white dress adorned with a cartoonish black bow, and her bright red lips suggested a slightly off-kilter leaning towards the naughty. When she spoke she seemed baffled and awed that so many people would don scarves and hats and sweaters to sit out under the stars on such a chilly October night just to see her. "Thank you," she repeated, when shouts of "I love you Regina!" or "Marry me!" or "Play 'Samson'!" gave her room to get a word in edgewise. But when she sang...

Forget the little girl in the dress with the cherubic lips and the chipmunk voice. Spektor filled the Greek with her powerful and chameleon-like voice, mesmerizing the audience with her ability to use her voice like a character; she was a throaty Russian politico, a lonely young woman, a wise counselor, or a saucy square-dance caller and more throughout the show. Touring in support of her recent release Far, Spektor pleased those fans who wanted to hear the Guns 'n' Roses-inspired "On the Radio" and other comfortable hits from her breakthrough album Begin to Hope, the newer material like "Laughing With," that can be found on indie stations like KCRW, tunes from her archives made popular from use in films like (500) Days of Summer, and the live performance staples that showcase her irreverent and snarkier side.