Fiona Apple appeared on -Late Night with Jimmy Fallon yesterday (6.18.12) - on the eve of the release of her first album in seven years, which is entitled:
THE IDLER WHEEL IS WISER THAN THE DRIVER OF THE SCREW AND WHIPPING CORDS WILL SERVE YOU MORE THAN ROPES WILL EVER DO.
The Clean Slate/Epic Records recording artist will kick off her summer headline tour tonight at the State Theatre in Ithaca, NY. The first leg includes performances at The Governors Ball Music Festival on New York City's Randall's Island (6/24) and Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium (7/13) and wraps up at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, CA (7/29).
The second leg of the tour, which kicks off at San Jose Civic Auditorium in San Jose, CA on September 9 and includes shows at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre (9/14) and Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater (9/20), also includes a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Saturday, September 29. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, June 23 at noon. See below for tour itinerary or visit www.fiona-apple.com. Special Guest, Blake Mills will open the show.
Apple's first LP since 2005 is full of cold truths and her most raw music yet, said Rolling Stone. -Throughout, Apple sings amazingly, wringing different colors from her voice in every song. The New York Times' Jon Pareles praised The Idler Wheel... as -a collection of stripped-down, percussive songs that's as passionate, smart and cutting as anything she's done in a Sunday -Arts & Leisure cover story. -Ms. Apple writes metaphor-laden outpourings set to music that pulls rock, show tunes, classical piano and jazz into her own realm of brooding and bravado.
Vulture.com called The Idler Wheel... -magical and Entertainment Weekly awarded it an -A, observing: -this is an album that will make you stay up late, playing each song over and over, trying to answer the questions it stirs up...Like Apple herself, it's highly confessional and creative and temperamental, and will probably make you fall crazy in love.? -She doesn't simply push herself vocally; she embraces the role of the contortionist, the strange expression, the note that might make someone turn away,? said NPR Music, which gave fans a -First Listen? to the album last week. -She also sings beautifully at times. It's a mix, reflective of the tangle she's trying to unravel - thought itself.
SPIN pronounced Every Single Night, the album's first single, -a revelation while MTV's Buzzworthy hailed the accompanying video, directed by Joseph Cahill, as -bizarre, whimsical and a bit unsettling. The clip can be viewed at www.fiona-apple.com.
Apple made her debut at age 19 with 1996's Tidal, which is certified triple Platinum. Rolling Stone named her Artist of the Year in 1997 and in 1998 she won a GRAMMY for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for one of the album's singles, Criminal. When the Pawn...followed in 1999, and was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as -the work of an original. In early 2005, fans organized a massive -Free Fiona letter-writing campaign, insisting that her label release the long-delayed follow-up album, Extraordinary Machine. Released in the fall of 2005, Extraordinary Machine was named the top album of the year by The New York Times, which called it -magnificent, and was awarded four stars by Rolling Stone, which praised it as her -strongest and most detailed batch of songs yet. Five years later, Extraordinary Machine earned a spot on Rolling Stone's -100 Best Albums of the '00s list, underscoring how her work continues to resonate powerfully.
Reserved tickets priced at $72.50, $54.50 and $48.50 will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater or by calling 727.791.7400. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 pm and one hour prior to showtime. Patrons may also purchase tickets at www.RuthEckerdHall.com 24/7.
Designed by the prestigious Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Ruth Eckerd Hall is consistently ranked in the top 5 venues in the world with seats of 2,500 or less by industry trade publications and is known for its 2,180-seat, acoustically perfect auditorium. Artists from America and around the world, ranging from classical, rock, opera, Broadway, jazz, pop and more are included in the stellar lineup of more than 200 performances a year. Ruth Eckerd Hall is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.