Fiona Apple Plays The Ryman July 13

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Meltdown-prone, unspeakably-long-album-title-loving chanteuse Fiona Apple — who it just so happens is also a criminally incredible vocalist — is slated to make her return to The Ryman on July 13. So says a press release announcing the singer’s tour in support of her forthcoming come-back effort (now take a breath) The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords will serve you more than ropes will ever do. That one drops in June.

Of course, the now notorious incident that gave the sometimes-outspoken-otherwise-introverted Grammy holder her reputation as a mercurial performer happened more than a goddamn decade ago. So I guess it wasn’t really fair for me to lead off with a line referencing meltdowns, now, was it? A pair of recent SXSW Apple appearances were roundly well received, not to mention that there were no angry outbursts or onstage storm-offs during the singer’s 2006 Ryman appearance, although The Spin did describe that gig as follows:

When she took the stage at The Ryman last Friday, we felt a little bit like we were visiting crazy Aunt Ethel in the home. She hid behind the piano. She curled into a ball, hit herself with her fists, the mic and its stand. She tangled herself in the mic cord and spent a good portion of one song unwrapping it. She screamed, growled and clawed. She appeared not to have washed her hair in four days. But she exuded an energy that was part sultry jazz singer, part Linda Blair, and we loved it.

Tickets go on sale Sat., April 21 at 10 a.m. here (probably).

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