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Fiona Apple Comes to San Jose

In Culture, Music
Fiona Apple

After seven years of total silence, Fiona Apple has finally reemerged to make the big, brassy entrance we’ve been waiting for. Her rapturous new album The Idler Wheel drops tomorrow, and the singer has added a second leg to her summer tour. She’ll stage her return at San Jose’s Civic Auditorium on September 9th.

The Idler Wheel is the intense and plangent offering that you’d expect from the wide-eyed Apple, the girl with the grudge who grew into a woman with a sense of humor, maybe reading a lot of Sylvia Plath along the way. She caved under the furious discomfort of the public spectacle, then hid, reappearing now with an album that isn’t cautious or pigeon-toed, but wild, terrifying, almost bullying you with its grim passions.

With an ambitious fifty dates scheduled, Apple’s siren song is getting more shrill and courageous with time. And a bit more studied: the shaky, carnal throes bleed into the blackest of humor, springing from an imagination both nightmarish and serene – the quiet before the storm, over and over again. The piano bangs, the voice quivers. If there’s a spectacle on September 9th, let it be mutual.

Tickets for Fiona Apple’s September 9th show at the San Jose Civic Auditorium go on sale at 10 am Friday, June 22 at Ticketmaster.

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