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The Way She Is

Ingrid Michaelson stopped by Triple M on Saturday before her sold out show at the Capitol Theatre and thrilled a packed Studio M audience with an unplugged performance with her bandmates Bess Rogers and Allie Moss.   Her show at that night was even better. Michaelson and her entire band came out in black robes to Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song.  They all dropped the robes and Michaelson howled a few "ahs" from the song.  It was not what you'd expect from the gal with the ukulele, but it was great. Michaelson has such a strong stage presence, you don't feel like she's doing a show.  She's a solid storyteller which makes the show so much better. Her adventures may go on a bit, but they don't feel long.  I've heard artists go on and on about a topic and you can't wait until he or she starts playing the music again.  Michaleson told a story about meeting Michael Stipe of R.E.M.  She was part of a tribute concert at Carnegie Hall for the band which was also raising money for music education.  Michaelson was covering the R.E.M. song "Nightswimming."  She did brag about her performance, but was then humble enough to tell the rest of the story.  It included meeting Michael Stipe after the show and acting like a real dork. Michaelson reminds of you the smart kid in high school who you actually enjoyed.  I think it takes a real skill to be talented and relatable.  She's talented, but appears to not take herself too seriously. She covered Britney Spears song "Toxic" complete with dance moves and she invited the audience to sing one of her songs with her.  It felt more like a camp sing-along then a tribute to her clever lyrics.  She even ended the show with a punk version of her song "The Way I Am".  The song is the epitome of cute with lyrics like:  "I'll buy you Rogaine when you start losing your hair, sew on patches to all you tear."   Somehow she made the punk version sound different, but just as good.  Just before she ended the show, she thanked Madison and mentioned how much she loves our city.   Ingrid, we love you too. Here's her version of R.E.M.'s "Nightswimming" performed in NYC about a week before she came to Madison.

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