Fiona Apple: Back and Wiser Than Ever

When Fiona Apple, then 19, declared from the 1997 MTV Music Video Awards that the world of celebrity “is bullshit,” few could have predicted the lengths she would go to prove her conviction. Since then, the New York City-born singer-songwriter seems to have made it her mission to jettison the mainstream fame that prompted her outburst. Yet as Apple’s commercial fortunes shrank, her audience’s devotion has deepened. This is largely because her music-piano-based pop as dark and emotional as heavy rock-has gotten better, but also because it often feels as though we may have heard the last of it: a six-year gap separated albums two and three, and she’s been mostly out of the spotlight since 2006. Fans were overjoyed when Apple reappeared this year with a series of reportedly brilliant concerts for new album The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. This July 24th at the Orpheum, take your place among the faithful.


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