Music Around Town

Fiona Apple

When: Fri., July 6 2012

Fiona Apple wears her art more openly and painfully than almost any other artist of her generation. The 34-year-old singer-songwriter has carved out a career over the past 16 years that can be as infuriating as it is fascinating. She first made waves with her 1996 debut album Tidal, whose hit single “Criminal” was accompanied by a video that looked like the roots of some particularly grimy and icky kiddie porn. That was just the start of things. By the time she got around to releasing her third album, 2005's Extraordinary Machine, she was fighting with her record company, exposing her fractured relationship with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, and falling apart onstage – all of which makes her infinitely more interesting and human than a dozen vagina-flashing dance-pop stars. Apple's 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 (which is, remarkably, 67 words shorter than the title of her second album), isn't an easy one to jump into. It's her most difficult work, but it's also her most personal piece. This is one of summer's don't-miss shows, so be sure to clear your calendar for it. With Blake Mills. 8 p.m. Tickets: $37.50 - $75. – Michael Gallucci

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