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Ingrid Michaelson: Coolest uncool girl in her Summer Night Out tour

As singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson works her way through the first third of her A Summer Night Out set, she primarily focuses on singles from Lights Out, her top-selling 2014 album. The stage is brighter and bigger and more feathery than any of her tours before, and the sexy, snappy opener of “Time Machine” is only rivaled by Michaelson’s ensemble: a high-waisted skirt, a black-and-white animal-print crop top, and heels that could be no less than three inches.

It’s a departure from Ingrid Michaelson of years past, but then again, so is Lights Out. She finally makes her way back to the keyboard, looks out to the audience, and says, “I wish I were in a potato sack … and moccasins … I can’t breathe, and they asked me to fluff my hair because my manager said we’re ‘taking it up a notch.'”

Oh hey, girl. There she is. That’s Ingrid.

And that’s the definition of the A Summer Night Out tour—the familiar wrapped in the new and improved. The 20-city North American tour kicked off in Vienna, Virginia, on Wednesday night with an eclectic mix of new Ingrid hits like “Time Machine” and “Afterlife,” while mixing in some favorites, or “oldies,” as Michaelson referred to them. And while the concert certainly does take bigger risks with ramps and more elaborate light shows, it’s Michaelson’s ability to take a stage set for a rock show, bring all the band down to the front for a selection of songs, and then ultimately reduce it to her and a piano that makes the night so interesting.

But the A Summer Night Out tour is not meant for sitting behind a piano. So Michaelson tackles an array of songs, from the “dark and twisted” selections to the songs from Lights Out that demand that you leave your seat and join in on the fun.

Though Michaelson has clearly honed in on her ability to give a fun performance, it’s the moments when she’s simply singing that makes the large outdoor venue tour feel as intimate as the smaller venues of her past tours. Whether she’s performing “Keep Breathing” or “Ghost,” Ingrid Michaelson has a gift that many artists cannot claim in the current touring circuit: She sounds the same on stage as she does on her albums.

As soon as she has finished subduing the audience with a fan favorite, she brings them back with her (sometimes bawdy) humor and self-deprecation, proving that she is hardly interested in being the cool girl in the room. The reason you want to be in her club is because she’s made it evident that she’s above being in anyone else’s club to begin with.

Ingrid Michaelson is on tour throughout the month of June with Jukebox the Ghost, Oh Honey (June 3–8), Greg Holden (June 11–19), and Secret Someones (June 23–30). Tickets are available now.

2015 “A Summer Night Out” Tour Dates

June 3 – Vienna, Va., Filene Center At Wolf Trap
June 4 – Raleigh, N.C., The Ritz
June 5 – Birmingham, Ala., Iron City
June 7 – Dallas, Texas, House Of Blues
June 8 – Austin, Texas, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
June 11 – Los Angeles, Calif., Greek Theatre
June 13 – Oakland, Calif., Fox Theater
June 15 – Boise, Idaho, Knitting Factory Concert House
June 16 – Troutdale, Ore., McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater
June 17 – Seattle, Wash., Paramount Theatre
June 19 – Salt Lake City, Utah, The Complex
June 21 – Morrison, Colo., Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 23 – Minneapolis, Minn., Northrop Auditorium
June 24 – Chicago, Ill., Chicago Theatre
June 25 – Ann Arbor, Mich.
June 27 – Boston, Mass., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
June 28 – Portland, Maine, Thompson’s Point
June 29 – New York, N.Y., SummerStage Central Park / Rumsey Playfield
June 30 – Philadelphia, Pa., Skyline Stage @ Mann Center For Performing Arts

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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