Fiona Apple captured the attention of the music world when she was just a teenager. Her 1996 debut, Tidal, garnered her a dedicated following as well as a Grammy Award and countless other accolades. But since that initial creative burst, Apple has consistently shunned the spotlight while taking more time between each of her subsequent releases. Apple just released her fourth record, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, her first album in seven years, and it finds the songstress matured but still edgy, restrained but still perceptive. The new songs have a spare, elegant poignancy to them that has once again captured the attention of her longtime fans, who waited patiently for years for a sign of any new music. It has arrived majestically. With Blake Mills.
Mon., July 16, 7:30 p.m., 2012