Regina Spektor is a russian-born singer-songwriter, pianist. She is awesome. Her music has this funky-folkish sound and I can't stop listening to her. She's eclectic and tells short stories with her music. Admittedly, I haven't always understood the stories at first but that's what I love about her music is figuring out the story she is trying to tell or the message she is trying to convey. She's been compared to Tori Amos and Fiona Apple.
Being that I have the best husband in the whole wide world, he walked to a record store one day last week in Downtown Portland to buy me her album: "Begin to Hope." It's freakin' sweet and I highly recommend you try it out. My fav songs on this album are Samson, Edit, and Fidelity.
Willow--if you're reading this, I think she may just be your new favorite too...her music reminds me of your style of music. Perhaps it's the whole Tori Amos thing?