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Ingrid Michaelson's performance at the Best Buy Theater on Wednesday night was definitely not what I was expecting. By expecting I mean that I assumed that there would be thousands of teary eyed twenty-something girls earnestly swaying to the Michaelson's songs while she dramatically held court behind the piano. I wasn't completely wrong about the crowd, but I was about Michaelson's set. Her show was varied and she's definitely moved past buying dudes Rogaine for when they "start losing all their hair", but aside from that, she could also have an illustrious career moonlighting as a comedy act. Michaelson began the set talking about how LeAnn Rimes tweeted at her and is now her God, went on to discuss the cookies she receives from fans, especially one bag which looked like "bad cookies, you know with the raisins?", and sexually harassing Michael Stipe of REM "I sort of didn't want him to leave me so as he turned away I touched his shoulder and ended up caressing his whole chest".
To the delight of the crowd, Michaelson performed all of the popular favorites: "The Way I Am", "Maybe", "Everybody", and her latest single, "Parachute".
Michaelson also did a stunning a cappella cover of REM's Nightswimming, in which she looped her voice through each instrumental line of the song, showcasing her powerful pipes. Her onstage presence also demonstrates that she's got the comedy genius to back up lyrics which are a little more unusual than her latest; which take the overuse of the word 'love' a bit too far. However, her heightened fame has brought a few good aspects to the show, namely her bandmates, who add a close knit fierceness to the performance, and whose dynamic harmonies add complexity to the music.
The best part of the set was the closing song, a cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic" (Michaelson's opinion... "Everyone loves BS in New York right?") complete with sardonic dance moves and a ending pose in which Michaelson sat on her male bandmates' shoulders. Michaelson has got a hefty dose of irony to go along with her strong vocals, and she's not afraid to use it. -lucy florence