Extraordinary Machine


Fiona Apple sang to a sold-out crowd (rumored to be around 750 of us) at Boston Royale on Tuesday, the first time she has performed in Boston since August 18, 2007 (which Holly and I attended, and which was the last concert she and I went to before Avery was born 22 days later).

So that Fiona show has always been a special one, but this Fiona show, where I was front row and smashed against the stage barrier, close enough to touch her if I stood on my toes, may have been better.

The set was solid, though short (about 80 minutes, give or take), and included three songs from her upcoming album The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (aka The Idler Wheel …). I had watched YouTube clips of the…

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