Posted in music | pictures on March 27, 2012

photos by Ryan Muir

Fiona Apple @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/26/2012
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"During [the Music Hall of Williamsburg] show Ms. Apple moved between the microphone at center stage and a piano off to the side with an array of votive candles on top. Slender and toned, she wore a green tank top; her muscles spoke loudly as her body moved in precise ways on each song. On "Paper Bag" she held her hand tight against her stomach, muscles flexing, as she swayed side to side ever so slightly. During "Sleep to Dream" she stretched up against the piano like a cat, yawning with her frame.

These were careful maneuvers that played as a contrast to Ms. Apple's voice, which can be raspy and slithery and unhinged when she so chooses. Her band -- Blake Mills on guitar, Sebastian Steinberg [of Soul Coughing] on bass and Amy Wood on drums -- matched that range, creating a vivid and flexible noise that veered from gnarled rock to dirty blues. Mr. Mills, in particular, was intense, coaxing lust and anguish from his instrument." [NY Times]

Fiona Apple played Bowery Ballroom last night (3/26). It was almost the same hour-length setlist as the Music Hall of Williamsburg show, set-closing cover of "It's Only Make-Believe" included. The most (only?) notable difference was her choice/not-choice to play Beatles song "Across the Universe" 2nd to last (after "Criminal"). It was on the Music Hall setlist, but she didn't play it in Brooklyn. In Manhattan she played it only after a fun argument with Blake Mills who started playing the first notes (without her permission?)... I couldn't fully get what she was mad/fake-mad at him about, but regardless, she played it and it was great. In fact, the whole show was great from start to finish. Music Hall wasn't bad, but Fiona was in top shape for Bowery - her voice seemed so much more on this time, and she delivered in a huge way from start to finish.

Fiona returns to NYC to play Governors Ball in June. Meanwhile she plays Boston tonight.

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Comments (56)

I like her but she looks sickly in the pictures...

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 9:21 AM

Yea...almost expect to see a needle in her arm with the way she looks.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 9:23 AM

Smack. It does a body bad.

I agree - somebody get that girl a steak quick.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 9:24 AM

she looks thin but her voice is still amazing

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 9:28 AM

yikes

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 9:29 AM

Sebastian! I miss Soul Coughing!

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 9:31 AM

irrelevant shite

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 9:35 AM

This guy has footage of the entire show from the rail:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_X47xwXjmo

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 9:39 AM

Christiane F

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 9:42 AM

Great show . . . except for the drunk girl who was crying cuz she couldn't see the stage.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 9:44 AM

@939 we get that 'this guy' is you. don't need to promote your POS youtube channel.

YOUR IPHONE VIDEOS ARE PIECES OF SHIT; SAVE THE FILMING FOR ACTUAL CAMERAMEN IN THE MEDIA PIT WHO WILL RELEASE THE PROFESSIONALY-FILMED FOOTAGE

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 9:47 AM

she looked SO cracked out last night and was SO damn incredible. the emotion she put into that performance, jesus christ.

idk how mhow was, but last night's show blew me away. glad i only paid face, but walking out i actually could understand why people were willing to pay hundreds of dollas for a ticket.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 9:49 AM

Faggy

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 9:49 AM

9:39 Is there a part of his footage where Fiona Apple stares at him and gives him a look, like "why the hell are you filming all of this when you could actually be enjoying it instead. I am right in front of you."

Because I'd forward to see that part.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 9:51 AM

For a bunch of vegans, you guys are really mean.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 9:55 AM

9:39 - thank you for the footage! Forget these other fags, I didn't go and I'm glad that I can now turn it on then walk the fuck out in abstentia. Thanks!

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 9:56 AM

9:39/9:56 (same person) Is there anywhere in the vid where the guy (you) turns the camera on himself so we can see his face? I wanna know what he looks like so I can seek and destroy him next time I see him at a show.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 9:58 AM

"Girl Power" acts sure bring out the crazies.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 10:01 AM

i like that she plays some plumbing material with a stick

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 10:01 AM

BV commenters = crack heads w/i-net

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 10:04 AM

I am 9:56, and that was the first post I have made on this thread. So I guess you are wrong again, 9:58. But keep spinning these delusional stories for yourself, because life is so much easier to handle for you that way. Reality is so hard on some.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 10:05 AM

Hey internet tough guy 9:58 - how about you post a picture of yourself, and we can meet and have a nice discussion about your bad attitude? I would like to smack your face real hard, just for the fuck of it. Well, how about it?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 10:07 AM

Proof that youth and beauty are fleeting things

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 10:10 AM

lol @9:47 paid $400 on stubhub and was behind some guy with a raised iphone all night. hey numbskull, next time why not just move to a new spot?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 10:17 AM

looks like Patti Smith.....

Posted by Bono & the Edge | March 27, 2012 10:24 AM

SURFIN' COW!

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 10:25 AM

People who incessantly take photos/videos throughout the length of the show ARE the WORST, but so are people that pay $400 on stubhub to see Fiona Apple. You deserve one another

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 10:27 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVn2l_4MO0w
This guy also has footage from a better vantage point

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 10:30 AM

10:25 Dead Milkmen FTW!

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 10:31 AM

So, so many white people in one place.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 10:34 AM

Check out Ourtunez.com to become a bata tester and recieve 3 months free.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 10:37 AM

I don't get why the heading reads APPLED?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 10:44 AM

Great show. Great voice. No one paid $400, trust me.
And so so many gorgeous women in the crowd, kudos!

How about questlove at one corner of the bar and aziz at the other!

Posted by ME | March 27, 2012 10:47 AM

Let's Do This!

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 10:49 AM

@1047 two people paid over $400 on stubhub for the mhow show, according to the 'sold ticket' listings. for bowery i think the highest someone paid was 375, but there were definitely a handful of people who bought tix for 300+.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 11:03 AM

@1017 i paid face value. and moving to another spot wouldn't help; this person was literally directly in the front/center - absolute front row - holding up an iphone at fiona apple's waist-level for more or less the entire show. not even taking good video - just kind of wavy concert vid footage. people like that, ugh. i'm sure you can see the person in a lot of the BV pics.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 11:05 AM

here's a collection of pretty clear shots of 'iphone cameraman' ass

brooklynvegan.com/img/music/fionaapple/boweryballroom/44.jpg

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brooklynvegan.com/img/music/fionaapple/boweryballroom/43.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 11:09 AM

"questlove at one corner of the bar and aziz at the other"

so glad i was not cool enough to drop in on this hang

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 11:13 AM

there needs to be a stand your ground law against cell phone users.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 11:31 AM

Didn't we stop giving a fuck about Fiona Apple in 98 ... what the fuck is this!

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 11:50 AM

^ it is the prelude to her reality show on Lifetime

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 11:52 AM

i'm fine with someone snapping the occasional pic - everyone wants a keepsake - but taking videos (especially anything over 30seconds) is just rude and really pointless. no one will remember your stupid concert video in a week; yourself included.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 12:05 PM

thanks for the link 939

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 12:06 PM

She looks a decade older than her real age

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 2:02 PM

Fiona Scrapple

Posted by Pugsly Von Weinerschnitzel | March 27, 2012 2:13 PM

she actually didn't look bad at all, with regards to age. she's always looked like this. a little edgy/psycho, yes, but that's her style. always had the rail-thin arms, baggy eyes, painful expressions while singing, that look as though she is sort of struggling to keep herself together, all the while delivering an incredible fucking set. it's the 'troubled artist' look. everything we loved about her is still there in perfect form.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 2:35 PM

You are crazy she looks totally hot. Actually you are not crazy...just fat and jealous. Especially fat. Look down at your rolls now back at the pretty singer. Now shut your mouth while you're eating.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 2:57 PM

@253, yea. search 'fiona apple live (any year between 1994 and 2003). here, these are all pics of her between 1994 and 2003. she looks exactly the same.

kylepayne.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/16294782-16294785-slarge.jpg

spinner.com/media/2010/05/fiona-apple-320-061507.jpg

i.realone.com/assets/rn/img/1/7/7/8/31298771-31298772-large.jpg

applemadness.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/fionaapplebootlegs.png

superfm.com.pl:8080/cache_img/Rml/RmlvbmEtQXBwbGU=/-1629383347.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 3:23 PM

Judging from the pictures she actually looks in-shape like she's been doing yoga or something. Not sure what all the anger and venom is about?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 3:29 PM

"Cocaine"? Try, "Eating Disorder".

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 3:48 PM

Anyone know of any good Fiona forums, Tumblrs, etc.?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 4:30 PM

HEey nobody crapped on the photography

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 6:18 PM

KBK'S TITS COVERED IN SPUNK

SHE'S GOT BIG TITS

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2012 2:15 AM

3:23 is Fiona Apple's publicist

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2012 7:42 AM

seriously, fuck your iphone.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 11:13 AM

I think fiona is really pretty

Posted by jordon | August 4, 2013 2:18 PM

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