By the time Regina Spektor's major label debut, Begin to Hope, arrived in 2006, the Russian-born singer already had a lengthy pedigree as a musician. She took up piano under the direction of her musically inclined parents while a child in Moscow. Her family eventually moved to the Bronx, where she continued classical studies at the Manhattan School of Music and started writing her own music. Her musical pursuits carried through college, and she graduated from a music composition program at Purchase College in 2001. Frequenting venues in Manhattan, she became associated with the so-called "anti-folk" movement and self-released 2001's 11:11, 2002's Songs and 2004's Soviet Kitsch, which Sire later reissued. A compilation of early recordings, Mary Ann Meets the Gravediggers and Other Short Stories, was released in 2006. In 2009, Spektor gathered an all-star production team to help her with Far, the much anticipated follow-up to Begin to Hope.
Regina Spektor Concert Films
Live in London
Runtime: 1 hr 27 min'LIVE IN LONDON' is the first live recording and concert film from acclaimed artist Regina Spektor. Captured mainly at London's famed Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, 'LIVE IN LONDON' features 23 remarkable performances that span Spektor's brilliant catalog of music, including three new songs that have only been performed live ('Silly Eye-Color Generalizations,' 'Bobbing For Apples and 'Love, You're A Whore'). 'LIVE IN LONDON' was recorded during Regina's UK tour in support of her latest album, 'far,' which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200. For the first time, fans can see Regina up close as she performs fan favorites like 'Us,' 'Fidelity,' 'Samson' and 'Eet,' along with backstage footage, inside peaks at sound check and more. 'LIVE IN LONDON' is a captivating 64-minute concert film directed by Adria Petty. An artist praised for her remarkable originality, inspired storytelling and enthralling performances, Rolling Stone raves, 'Spektor put on one of the most intensely joyful rock shows we've seen all year.' The Philadelphia Inquirer adds, 'Everything she did was greeted with thunderous applause... the audience could not get enough. Perhaps what was most remarkable about Regina's performance, aside from hearing Spektor's gorgeous vocals in person, was her ability to enrapture the crowd... Spektor's passion, vitality and sheer musical talent transformed the Electric Factory into a world of intimacy.' The Boston Globe simply says, 'multi-talented Spektor is capable of anything and it shows on stage.'
Regina Spektor Top Tracks
Tegan And Sara
Runtime: 2 hr 4 minThese twin sisters are an engaging live act and have slowly amassed a sizable following over the past decade and a half. They’ve done it by writing smart, quirky folk-pop tunes that are as emotionally true as they are catchy. Tegan and Sara’s studio albums have given them the luxury of adding accompaniment, but their live performances have been stripped to acoustic guitars, keyboards, and their intuitive vocals. The show recorded here was performed for family and friends at a Vancouver studio, so the sound is excellent and well-controlled. “Relief Next to Me” is nicely detailed. “The Ocean” could be a beatnik’s dream. “I Hear Noises” is exquisite folk, beautifully restrained. “Call It Off” is touching and gentle. “I Won’t Be Left” furiously strums with intention, with the bonus of drums accentuating the new wave pop drive. Their entire catalog is raided to great effect; just hearing the ache in Tegan’s voice should be enough to convince a skeptic.
Runtime: 1 hr 36 min‘Biophilia Live’ is a concert film directed by Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton and produced by Jacqui Edenbrow that captures the human element of Björk’s multi-disciplinary multimedia project: Biophilia. Recorded live at Björk’s show at London’s Alexandra Palace in 2013, the film features Björk and her band performing every song on ‘Biophilia’ and more using a broad variety of instruments – some digital, some traditional, and some completely unclassifiable. The film has already been hailed as “a captivating record of an artist in full command of her idiosyncratic powers” (variety) and “an imaginative stand-alone artwork” (hollywood reporter) and is a vital piece of the grand mosaic that is ‘biophilia.’
Live in New York City
Runtime: 1 hr 34 minDiFranco's guitar playing is often characterized by a signature staccato style, rapid finger-picking and many alternate tunings. She delivers many of her lines in a speaking style notable for its rhythmic variation. Her lyrics, which often include alliteration, metaphor, word play and a more or less gentle irony, have also received praise for their sophistication.
Everything In-Between: The Story Of Ellipse
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minGo behind the scenes and explore the three year journey of Imogen Heap’s making of the Grammy Award winning album, Ellipse. Travel the world with Imogen as she invites you into her writing and recording process and building her brand new recording studio in her old family home.
Live at The Metro Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 41 minHailing from Portland, Oregon The Decemberists made their first Australian pilgrimage on the back of their 2009 release - The Hazards Of Love - the follow-up to their 2006 breakthrough, The Crane Wife. Here they are performing at The Metro Theatre, in Sydney, Australia, on January 19, 2010.
Runtime: 2 hr 14 minMirrorball captures Sarah McLachlan at the height of her powers, with arresting performances from her Surfacing Tour of 1997-1998. This set includes her hit rendition of "I Will Remember You" plus "Adia," "Building A Mystery," "Possession" and more.
In Session 2004
Runtime: 21 minVanessa Carlton performs live In Session in 2004. The show, I support of her second album, Harmonium features performances of White Houses,” “San Francisco; and “Who’s To Say.”
Live at The Roundhouse
The Dresden Dolls
Runtime: 1 hr 1 minThe Dresden Dolls (Amanda Palmer & Brian Viglione) were formed in Boston in 2001. Their unique musical style combines influences from alternative rock and 1930's German cabaret to create something fresh, exciting and highly theatrical. This live show from London's recently restored Roundhouse is a visual feast featuring circus acts, gymnasts and cabaret dancers as well as the striking appearance of the Dresden Dolls themselves. The songs in the set are drawn from both their studio albums and also include previously unreleased material.
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 49 minThese two concerts from Montreux in 1991 and 1992 catch Tori Amos right at the start of her solo career. The first from July 1991 was filmed a few months before the release of her Little Earthquakes album and the second from July 1992 followed a few months after. There is a fascinating progression from one year to the next as she grows in confidence and skill as a live performer, buoyed by the critical and commercial success of the album. Naturally most of the songs are taken from Little Earthquakes but there are also rare songs from her various EPs released across the two years which didnt make it onto the album including her distinctive takes on Led Zeppelins Whole Lotta Love and Thank You and Nirvanas Smells Like Teen Spirit.
Live at the Factory Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 26 minIngrid Ellen Michaelson is a New York-based indie-pop singer-songwriter, best known for her single "The Way I Am". Her music has been featured in episodes of several popular television shows, including Scrubs, Bones, Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill. Towards the end of 2008, she opened for Jason Mraz on his Europe tour, touring in the UK, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and France among others. In the second half of 2009, Ingrid began her "Everybody" tour of the United States and Europe which continued into 2010.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 49 minNash's Soundstage appearance features such as "Pumpkin Soup", "Mouthwash", "Stitching Legs"; with all its infectious sing-along tunes and catchy beats,watch Nash doing what she does best as she captivates the audience with her amazing energy and down to earth personality.
Brave Enough: Live at the Variety Playhouse
Runtime: 1 hr 25 minCaptured in Atlanta on May 20, 2013, Brave Enough: Live at the Variety Playhouse is a solo live performance by Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles. Recorded during Sara’s “The Brave Enough Tour,” which sold out nationally in three minutes, the set captures her entire performance. The release features show highlight “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” Sara’s never-before-released breathtaking version of Elton John’s classic song.
Live at Montreux 2012
Runtime: 1 hr 38 minAlanis Morissette is one of the most successful female artists and songwriters of all time and has sold in excess of 60 million albums worldwide. Her voice is instantly recognizable and she is a consummate live performer. On July 2nd, 2012, Alanis Morissette returned to Montreux as part of her Guardian Angel Tour in support of her new album "Havoc And Bright Lights". It was her third appearance at the festival. The set showcased a number of tracks from the new album (at that point still to be released) alongside classic tracks from across her career. This is Alanis Morissette live at her very best.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minIf Eye To the Telescope introduced a bold new talent, KT Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza confirms that the Scottish singer is no fluke. Whether stripping down tracks from her platinum debut--nominated for both a Grammy and Britain's coveted Mercury Prize--or taking on Beck's tender "Golden Age," it's all about the Voice and the Voice is good. While Telescope elicited comparisons to Joni Mitchell and Bjork, in acoustic mode, Tunstall sounds more like countryman Rod Stewart back when he was fronting the Faces. She's got that soulful thing down to a science, but there's nothing affected about it, and she never pushes too hard. Ten years of busking can do that for a girl (it's how she learned to use a loop pedal to duplicate the sound of a full band). Originally only available through her website, Acoustic Extravaganza doesn't include hit singles "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" and "Suddenly I See," the theme from The Devil Wears Prada, but then it isn't a greatest hits collection. Recorded in two days, th set consists primarily of non-LP material, like the angry "Ashes," plus the featurette Five Go to Skye (Making the Album). The parental advisory warning ("explicit content") refers to the profanity in "Ashes." Otherwise, there's nothing objectionable going on here.