Grammy Winner Fiona Apple recently announced her upcoming tour in support of her latest album, The Idler Wheel. Apple will be making a stop at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, September 15 (Photo credit: Dan Monick).
“Apple’s first LP since 2005 is full of cold truths and her most raw music yet,” said Rolling Stone. “Throughout, Apple sings amazingly, wringing different colors from her voice in every song.” The New York Times’ Jon Pareles praised The Idler Wheel… as “a collection of stripped-down, percussive songs that’s as passionate, smart and cutting as anything she’s done” in a Sunday “Arts & Leisure” cover story. “Ms. Apple writes metaphor-laden outpourings set to music that pulls rock, show tunes, classical piano and jazz into her own realm of brooding and bravado.”
Vulture.com called The Idler Wheel… “magical” and Entertainment Weekly awarded it an “A,” observing: “this is an album that will make you stay up late, playing each song over and over, trying to answer the questions it stirs up…Like Apple herself, it’s highly confessional and creative and temperamental, and will probably make you fall crazy in love.” “She doesn’t simply push herself vocally; she embraces the role of the contortionist, the strange expression, the note that might make someone turn away,” said NPR Music, which gave fans a “First Listen” to the album last week. “She also sings beautifully at times. It’s a mix, reflective of the tangle she’s trying to unravel — thought itself.”
Apple made her debut at age 19 with 1996’s Tidal, which is certified triple Platinum. Rolling Stone named her Artist of the Year in 1997 and in 1998 she won a GRAMMY for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for one of the album’s singles, “Criminal.” When the Pawn…followed in 1999, and was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “the work of an original.” In early 2005, fans organized a massive “Free Fiona” letter-writing campaign, insisting that her label release the long-delayed follow-up album, Extraordinary Machine. Released in the fall of 2005, Extraordinary Machine was named the top album of the year by The New York Times, which called it “magnificent,” and was awarded four stars by Rolling Stone, which praised it as her “strongest and most detailed batch of songs yet.” Five years later, Extraordinary Machine earned a spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Best Albums of the ’00s” list, underscoring how her work continues to resonate powerfully.
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Tickets, starting at $29.50 (plus applicable service fees), go on sale Saturday at noon at the Hard Rock Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.