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NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums of 2012.

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December 22, 2012 – The albums that sum up our year span genres and borders while making life better all around.

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Regina Spektor performs for KCRW.

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November 21, 2012 – Watch the pianist perform "The Party" for KCRW listeners at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio. KCRW

"To me, the voice is an instrument, just like any other instrument," Regina Spektor says.

Listen Regina Spektor: The Fresh Air Interview

August 27, 2012 – Spektor talks about Russia and her new album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, with Terry Gross.

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Regina Spektor, performing live at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, May 31, 2012.

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June 23, 2012 – The warmly eclectic singer performs old and new songs, recorded live at Le Poisson Rouge.

Clockwise from upper left: Kishi Bashi, Simone White, Bobby Womack, Aleksa Palladino of Exitmusic, Sinead O'Connor.

Read Discussion: Our Favorite Music Of The Year (So Far)

June 12, 2012 – The All Songs gang discusses surprises, new artists, albums and songs from the first half of 2012.

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The songs on What We Saw From the Cheap Seats don't come just from the past year but from a span of "10 years or more," Regina Spektor says.

Read Regina Spektor Still Doesn't Write Anything Down

May 24, 2012 – Through early live bootlegs, Spektor culled 10 years' worth of songs for her new album.

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Regina Spektor

Read Want To See Regina Spektor In Concert?

May 17, 2012 – Join us for an evening with the singer-songwriter live at New York's Le Poisson Rouge on May 31.

"All the Rowboats" will appear on Regina Spektor's upcoming album, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats.

Read Listen To A New Song By Regina Spektor: 'All The Rowboats'

February 27, 2012 – Spektor's first album since 2009, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, will come out this spring.

Listen Regina Spektor On Mountain Stage

August 23, 2010 – The songwriter brings thoughtful songs, rhythmic piano and unconventional vocals to Mountain Stage.

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Listen Bonnaroo 2010: A Look Back

June 16, 2010 – The NPR Music gang examines some of the highlights from this year's Bonnaroo Music Festival.

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Regina Spektor; credit: Shantel Mitchell

Read Bonnaroo 2010: Regina Spektor In Concert

June 13, 2010 – Spektor's newest album, 2009's Far, is a superb showcase for her eccentricity and accessibility.

Read Best Music Of 2009, From Bob Boilen

December 15, 2009 – All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his Top 10 favorite albums of 2009.

Listen Regina Spektor: When Every Sound Sings

July 22, 2009 – "Eet" finds the Bronx-bred singer pondering the way music can distract listeners from their woes.

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