Friday, 24 October 2014 13:41

Pop Best Bet: Ingrid Michaelson

Written by  Emma Kat Richardson
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Ingrid Michaelson wsg Chris Koza
Hoogenboom Center, Calvin College, Grand Rapids
Nov. 6, 8 p.m.
$30 public, $15 for Calvin students with ID
calvin.edu/sao, (616) 526-6282

At first glance, Ingrid Michaelson bears a striking resemblance to a 30-something, chilled-out-but poignant version of the ever-troubled Amanda Bynes. But thankfully, the similarities end there (although we wouldn’t necessarily mind seeing our girl Ingrid rock a purple wig). In all 13 tracks of her latest album, Human Again, Michaelson sings passionately about loves lost and found, striking emotional chords as often as she plucks out delicious melodic ones on guitar and piano.

Even when she’s licking a wound over a torn-apart relationship, Michaelson’s gift lies in her uncanny ability to call upon her dapper Swedish heritage – IKEA hospitality, anyone? – and charm the pants off absolutely everybody within earshot. There’s a reason why Michaelson’s work has caught the attention of suits at Old Navy and the producers of "Grey’s Anatomy"; her music has been popular and far-reaching enough to have resulted in five albums, countless singles and an almost never-ending tour schedule. Put a little sway into your Thursday with one hot Michaelson minute.

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