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Fiona Apple @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/26/2012
Fiona Apple

"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.

Here are some pictures from the Bowery show. More of them below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Fiona Apple @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fiona Apple

"Fiona Apple got a warm welcome back to her native city [Friday] night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Born in New York City in the fall of 1977, her last live show here dated back to December 2005 [actually she played NYC in August 2007], so fans --most of whom, we're assuming, probably didn't see her performances at SXSW last week-- were exploding with emotion as the lights dimmed. She came onstage to deafening cheers, her hair in a simple ponytail, wearing a bright green camisole cinched with a silver-y belt that hung stylishly in a bow at her side. She declared that she had two things to say:

1) She missed her dog Janet, so her friend had made her a cardboard cutout of her canine pal that she could bring with her on stage.
2) Even though she wouldn't hear anyone chatting away during the show, she suspected other folks in the crowd wouldn't appreciate any loud talkers.

(On the second point, there would be little to worry about. The crowd hung on her every lyric last night. Talkers? No. But there were plenty of participants, as the set would veer into a full-fledged sing-along at several moments during the hour-long show.)" [VH1]

Guitar great/singer-songwriter Blake Mills opened the Brooklyn show and also addressed talkers ("I can't hear myself think"). He then joined Fiona as a member of her extremely talented live band, as he will again Monday night at Bowery Ballroom (part of a very short North American tour).

Like she did in Chicago, Fiona, who was on stage by 9:45pm (I know at least a couple of people who missed the first 15 minutes of her set), played for just under an hour. Her 12-song, encore-less performance included a couple of new songs, hits like "Fast as You Can", "Sleep to Dream", and "Criminal", and the title track of her 2005 album "Extraordinary Machine" (one of my favorites of the night). She closed with a cover of Screamin' Jay Hawkins/Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make-Believe" which I thought, despite being a cover, was the greatest, most powerful moment of the too-short show. Video of that & more, with the full setlist and more pictures from Music Hall of Williamsburg, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Fiona Apple @ Central Presbyterian Church (via)
Fiona Apple

So far, Fiona Apple is definitely in the running for most blogged about act at SXSW. She played two shows--at Austin's Stubb's on Wednesday night and Central Presbyterian Church on Thursday night.

Of the Stubb's show, the New York Times writes that "the baleful, anxious, doleful, enraged Fiona Apple was back in full force."

The Austin shows are the first in a short tour for Fiona, which includes stops in Chicago, D.C., Atlantic City and Boston. New York audiences will get to see her March 23rd and 26th at a pair of BV-presented shows, as well as at Governors Ball in June.

Video from Austin and a set list are below...

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Fiona Apple

She was added to Sunday. The June Randall's Island fest writes:

We are excited to announce the addition of Fiona Apple to Gov Ball 2012! The Grammy award-winning artist will be touring this year behind her first new album since 2005's critically acclaimed Extraordinary Machine. Machine was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as the 49th best album of the 2000s, and was nominated for multiple Grammys. This past Friday, Apple's select six-show club tour (her first live dates since 2007) was met with incredible demand, and sold out in minutes. Apple's addition to the Sunday lineup of Gov Ball will give new fans, as well as her die-hard following, one of the first opportunities to see her perform live in NYC since her sold out show at Central Park in 2006.

Its an honor to have one of the greatest, and most unique, female singer/songwriters in alternative music grace the stage at Gov Ball this year. We can't wait.

Tickets are on sale.

In other NYC festival news, Electric Daisy Carnival is coming.

Fiona Apple

Here we go again. Tickets on sale at noon:

3/19/12 @ Lincoln Hall in Chicago
3/23/12 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
3/26/12 @ Bowery Ballroom
03/27/12 @ Royale Boston

Atlantic City goes on sale Saturday. DC sold out this morning.

Good luck!


I'm as alarmed as you are that there are currently over 150 alleged Fiona Apple tickets on Stubhub already (over 25% of what was sold today in the presale). That said, there's always the general sale on Friday.

Fiona Apple

Tickets for both BV-presented Fiona Apple shows happening in NYC, and other March shows, go on PRE-SALE today (2/23) at 10am.

UPDATE: Those sold out quick. Who got tickets? If you didn't, general sale begins Friday.

UPDATE 2: I know a lot of people are calling that presale bullshit (I tried and also couldn't pull up any, so I know how it seemed like there were no tickets),, but remember that Fiona Apple hasn't played NYC in a long time, and Bowery and Music Hall only hold around 600 people each and are way smaller venues than she can play and these shows were well publicized. Let's assume that at least 100 tickets per show are being held by Fiona and her label for friends, press, etc (some of which will probably end up being put on sale closer to the show), I can't confirm exact numbers (or any of these numbers), but it seems reasonable to believe. That's 500 tickets per show to sell, which is actually only 250 sales if everyone buys two. And even less were put on presale, so if the presale got 200 tickets per show, that's 100 sales of two tickets each. Now you have thousands of people trying to buy 200 tickets (per show) all at the same time... it sucks (every time).

UPDATE 3: Scalpers are dicks as usual.


Passwords for Music Hall of Williamsburg, Bowery Ballroom, and other dates, are listed below...

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Fiona Apple

BrooklynVegan is more than thrilled to present Fiona Apple's return to the Big Apple NYC on March 23 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg and then again on March 26 @ Bowery Ballroom. Both shows go on sale Friday (2/24) at noon, but we'll have an exclusive pre-sale for tickets starting one day earlier, and an AMEX presale on Wednesday. Stay tuned for the passwords for the Thursday presale. UPDATE: It looks like the Ticketmaster listings were updated. No more American Express presale.

3/23/12 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg: PASSWORD = promise
3/26/12 @ Bowery Ballroom: PASSWORD = shadow

Passwords for other cities HERE.
UPDATE : Damn those sold out quick. Who got tickets? General sale begins Friday.


Fiona Apple is also playing the Pitchfork showcase at SXSW in Austin this year. To quote LA Reid, "Welcome back Fiona!"

UPDATE: There are a few more dates including Atlantic City and Chicago. They are all listed below...


(And speaking of artists playing Pitchfork's SXSW show, tickets for Charli XCX's upcoming Brooklyn show are still on sale.)

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Jon Brion

We mentioned that it's unfortunate that Jon Brion's rare show at Le Poisson Rouge on October 2 coincides with ATP NJ. Those hoping to catch both are now in luck. Jon added a second date at the same venue happening on October 3. Tickets are available for both shows.

In related news,

Two-time Grammy Award-nominated composer Jon Brion has signed to create the original score for LAIKA and Focus Features' animated comedy thriller ParaNorman, currently in production at LAIKA's Oregon studios for nationwide release by Focus on Friday, August 17th, 2012. Following LAIKA and Focus' groundbreaking Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline, ParaNorman is only the second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D.

Joining the voice cast of ParaNorman are Tucker Albrizzi (Good Luck Charlie), Alex Borstein (Family Guy), and Jodelle Ferland (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse). ParaNorman is being directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler, from Mr. Butler's original screenplay. Mr. Fell was director of The Tale of Despereaux and Flushed Away. Mr. Butler was storyboard supervisor on Coraline and storyboard artist on Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.

Mr. Brion's original score for Focus' Academy Award-winning Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Score Soundtrack Album, among other honors. He was previously a Grammy nominee in the same category for scoring Magnolia. A highly accomplished singer/songwriter, arranger, and conductor, Mr. Brion is renowned for his production work. He holds co-writing credits on albums by such artists as Kanye West, Beck, Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, the Eels, and Dido.

Mr. Knight said, "Jon Brion is so prodigiously gifted it's almost unseemly. His virtuoso compositions are at once moody and imaginative, clever and subtle. Jon's inventive, genre-defying musical storytelling will provide the perfect accompaniment to ParaNorman's groundbreaking visuals and emotionally resonant narrative."

Mr. Brion stated, "I've been waiting for the right animation project for some time now. This production and the people at LAIKA and Focus have an inspiring amount of heart. One can't help being swept up in the passion."

In ParaNorman, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak
with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he'll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

In addition to those actors previously mentioned, the voice cast includes Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Tempestt Bledsoe (The Cosby Show), Jeff Garlin (Toy Story 3), John Goodman (Monsters, Inc.), Bernard Hill (Titanic), Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), Leslie Mann (Rio), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (How to Train Your Dragon), and Tony and Emmy Award winner Elaine Stritch (30 Rock).

Jon is also part of that new "Rave on Buddy Holly" tribute album. He and his old friend Fiona Apple took on "Every Day". Listen to the song and check out the full tracklist below...

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The Posies
The Posies

The Posies will debut new material for the very first time at the Rock Shop in Brooklyn on September 23rd. That show is sold out, but now there are many more chances to see the band, and with Brendan Benson (of solo and Raconteurs fame) to boot. I also have two pairs of tickets to give away to the Brooklyn show. Details below.

After a month-long tour of Europe, The Posies will kick off a trek with Brendan in Milwaukee on November 5th. Their NYC show together will be at Highline Ballroom on November 13th (ticket on-sale date TBA). The Posies are promising a mix of new material and the hits at the shows. All dates below.

The Posies' Blood/Candy is out September 28 on Ryko. Brendan hasn't announced a new record (yet), but he can be found on Margaret Cho's new album which is out Tuesday...

"Can't wait until later this year for more Brendan goodies? Well, we have something to tide you over.

Brendan is making a cameo on Margaret Cho's comedy music album, Cho Dependent, due out on August 24th. You can pre-order the album now HERE and get an instant download of all 13 tracks, including "Baby I'm With the Band," the song Brendan co-wrote and performs on.

Other artists on the album include Andrew Bird, Grant Lee Phillips, Ben Lee, Tegan and Sara, Fiona Apple, Ani DiFranco, Tommy Chong and many more."

All dates below....

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by Klaus Kinski

ChunkletWhen it rains it pours, and by golly there's a freakin' monsoon happening over at good ole' Chunklet right now. Where to begin.... Well, first off, Chunklet's milestone 20th Issue is done, printed, and on a pallet bound for Chunklet HQ any second now. It's been three years in the making, but this sucker looks well worth the wait. Readers are greeted by another amazing cover designed by Chris Bilheimer who's done the last 9 covers and who, incidentally, is REM's art director. Inside?

.... it promises to be the most brutal issue yet. Featuring interviews with Paul F. Tompkins, Zach Galifianakis, Jon Glaser and Sublime Frequencies. There are also features involving Whirlyball with Arcade Fire, The Shins, Queens of the Stone Age, Black Lips, Deerhunter, Death Cab for Cutie, Mogwai and countless others. Features also on music journalists, drug appreciation, good guys/bad bands and the usual array of Chunklet insanity (or inanity depending on your outlook).
And not only is Issue #20 about to hit the streets, but so is a Chunklet limited edition 7" that is sure to become a classic. For Side A, Zach Galifianakis joined up with comedian AD Miles, record producer Jon Brion and Fiona Apple to record the ultra-danceable track "Up In Them Guts". Side B features a studio version of the classic Scharpling and Wurster anthem "Rock'n'Roll Dreams'll Come Through" performed by Ted Leo and The Pharmacists. You can get this bad boy as a picture disc, yellow vinyl, or black vinyl and is only available if you purchase something else from the Chunklet store.

You can hear the original, classic Scharpling and Wurster WFMU version on the CD New Hope for the Ape-Eared. A while back Ted Leo did his own version of this tune on the Tom's show. You can hear that version, set to fan made animation, below. This is also not the first time Fiona and Zach have worked together.

ChunkletSpeaking of Ted Leo, did you know that Ted Leo and the Pharmacists put out a downloadable 4-song EP via Touch and Go Records for charity? It's true. The EP costs $4 and all proceeds go to Democracy Now and Minneapolis Food Not Bombs. Ted has a pretty long and engaging explanation about why he did this and you can read that here.

I am also happy to report that Chunklet is celebrating its 15 Year Anniversary! And what better way to celebrate the life and times of this most iconic music and comedy rag than with some supremely ballsy shows at the 40 Watt in Athens, GA. On October 10th Chunklet has lined up Deerhunter, Twin Tigers, Gentleman Jesse & His Men with comedian Brent Weinbach (TIX). Then on October 11th thrill to the majesty of Mastodon, Brian Posehn, It's Casual, and Brent Weinbach (TIX). That Posehn/Mastodon/Weinbach show is like a dream. I am jealous. That should be a national tour.

ChunkletAnd last, but absolutely positively not least, I am thrilled to report that The Rock Bible IS AVAILABLE. Penned by Chunklet founder, DJ, promoter, record producer, tour manager, booking agent, cool dude Henry Owings this 144 page masterpiece is basically a rulebook full of dos and don'ts for musicians, wannabe musicians, and rock fans of all ages. And if there's one person I trust to write a book of this nature, it's Henry. Get it on the cheap here and here.

More pictures of this stuff and video below...

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Ani Difranco, RZA & Steve Albini @ 2005 New Yorker Festival (CRED)
New Yorker festval

The eighth annual New Yorker Festival happens in NYC from October 5-7, 2007. Though not completely announced yet, this year's lineup will include all of those you see in the title, and more....

Continue reading "Diplo, Fiona Apple, Sigur Ros, David Byrne, Roseanne Cash, Yo La Tengo & more for the 2007 New Yorker Festival"

Fiona Apple & Nickel Creek

Chris Thile & Fiona Apple make a cute couple...

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Check out this video of Fiona Apple, Jon Brion, and Chris Thile of Nickel Creek performing 'Fast as You Can' together....

Check out this news.....

Fiona Apple (again) & Nickel Creek are playing Central Park Summerstage in NYC on August 14th, but it gets better (or worse) than that:

The members of Nickel Creek and Apple met several years ago in Los Angeles, and began occasionally working together at the club Largo - an intimate and magnetic music club that has become legendary for stellar lineups and surprise appearances. A loose and friendly musical exchange began with Apple sitting in on Sean and Sara Waktins' ‘anything goes' "Watkins Family Hour," and with either Thile or the Watkins returning the favor whenever possible.

For the August dates, fans will be treated to an expansion of those collaborations developed at Largo. Naturally, material will be pulled from both artists' solo catalogues, but fans can also expect to hear anything from pop standards to country classics to modern rock covers. Apple's presentation will be unique in that she will rely on Nickel Creek for back up during her set.

As you may know, club Largo in LA is also where Jon Brion does his weekly shows - sometimes with Fiona, and some times with Chris. I assume that's where the above video was taken. Jon was just on tour with Nickel Creek. Fiona starts touring with them on August 2nd. Before that Nickel Creek have Glen Phillips opening, and it's important to note that this will be Nickel Creek's farewell-for-now tour. All tour dates below....

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Another hour, another Summerstage announcement. This time it's Fiona Apple and Damien Rice playing (what I assume is a benefit) the outdoor Central Park venue on July 26th. It's one stop on a summer tour. Those dates below...

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Fiona Apple @ Nokia Theatre

Last night (Dec 11, 2005) Fiona Apple played the Nokia Theatre in NYC. As you can sort-of see in the above and below Getty Images, she was sporting the latest Jawa fashion.

She spent about half the time behind the piano, and the other half singing and violent dancing front-and-center at the mic. Full band. No Jon Brion. No Roseland-like incidents. Very enthusiastic, sing-along crowd. I hope she comes back soon. For a more detailed review and setlist, check Fluxblog, and even more at Manic Mess.

Fiona Apple @ Nokia Theatre

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Fiona Apple 2005 Tour Dates | New Album (Stream)

Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machine was actually released. Pitchfork says the original unreleased version was better. Listen to the whole thing at Myspace.

She also just announced tour dates including a show at the Nokia Theater in NYC on December 11th. All tour dates below...

But first...
*Listen to Fiona on NPR
* Read what the Washington Post has to say
* Prefix also compared the new to the old
* Rolling Stone says EM is her strongest album yet

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"I'd rather be with Lady Sovereign and Joanna Newsom." [Bill Callahan aka SMOG]

"I'm glad Antony and the Johnsons won because the prize is supposed to be based on innovating and I've never heard another voice like it." [Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand]

"But anyways, it is a great film and it does great things for Anton, for sure. He is loved and listened to more than ever..." [Courtney Taylor of the Dandy Warhols]

"I felt so incredibly moved by it, and then that went to 'Oh my God, I feel so horribly guilty.' I was a poster girl for what was wrong with the music industry but Sony hadn’t told me I couldn’t put out the record. They’d got it all wrong." [Fiona Apple on the 'Free Fiona' campaign]

Fiona Apple & Jon Brion performing at the Virgin Megastore

"today. tuesday, september 20, 2005. i saw fiona apple perform at the virgin megastore on union. i was up at the front for maximum fiona time. she is beautiful and tortured. and hot, too! she performed extraordinary machine, oh sailor, parting gift, waltz, fast as you can, paperbag, and then she did a cover of an oldies hit. and thennnn, she signed the cd coverbook thingy that will be on her new album and i shook her hand and thanked her." [Mary's Live Journal]

photo from deathbyorgasm's livejournal.

Fiona Apple live on MTV w/ Jon Brion | MP3
Fiona Apple & Jon Brion Performing @ Virgin Megastore
Pitchfork's Jon Brion Mixtape

Fiona Apple performed with Jon Brion and Mike Elizondo for Hurricane Relief on MTV the other day. Soon she'll perform with them at the Union Square Virgin Megastore in NYC.

Download the MTV Performance
Extraordinary Machine (live) (MP3)

Pre-Order Fiona's new album at Amazon.

Be in Fiona Apple's TV Commercial

Fiona Apple performed with Jon Brion. Neil Young performed with Fisk Jubilee Singers. Green Day, U2, Beck, Dashboard Confessional, Pearl Jam, Common, Elton John, Beck, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul McCartney and many, many more artists performed for MTV's Hurrican Relief concert. You can watch the whole thing (by artist) on their site.

Be in Fiona Apple's TV Commercial
Fiona Apple & Jon Brion Performing @ Virgin Megastore

"BE IN FIONA'S COMMERCIAL - If you're in the New York City area, come be in Fiona's TV commercial promoting her new album, "Extraordinary Machine!" Be prepared to talk about why you love her music. We'll be taping this Wednesday, September 14 at 11am at Loft 11, 336 W. 37th St. between 8th and 9th Avenue in Manhattan."

Fiona Apple & Jon Brion Performing @ Virgin Megastore