The Strokes and Kings of Leon might seem like odd choices for anti-folk singer Regina Spektor to open for, but that’s exactly what happened in 2003 and 2004 as she launched her career.
Since then, Spektor, who once claimed she stopped being vegetarian after spending so much time with The Strokes because they frequently ate steak, has had her career take off. A staunch user of Steinway & Sons pianos, the 37-year-old, who pens tender, narrative and first-person piano ballads, was christened an official “Steinway Artist” in 2012, and she’s released seven albums. Every time you watch Orange Is the New Black, that’s her Grammy-nominated song — “You’ve Got Time” — that you’re hearing in the opening credits, and you could say the same about a number of other TV shows and films that use her music.
Word on the street is that Spektor will be one of the artists on the upcoming Hamilton Mixtape, which should be pretty cool, because the singer has a habit of switching up her vocal styles to suit different projects. Who knows? Perhaps she’ll even try rapping or beatboxing on it.
At 8 p.m., Friday, April 7, at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. $68; greek.theatreberkeley.com