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Fiona Apple returns to the stage with new songs at SXSW

It’s been over 15 years since the lovely angst of Fiona Apple’s debut album Tidal swept through the pop world and made her both an instant sensation and a lightning rod (see: this video) for controversy.

Since then the singer has moved in — and more often, out — of the public sphere, weathering both personal heartbreak and professional woe while wending her way to another album with a really long title, due this spring.

Apple has hardly been onstage since she toured for Extraordinary Machine in 2007, making her set at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, as part of South by Southwest, a pretty high-stakes coming-out party. And accordingly, her early-evening set attracted a massive throng of curious onlookers, most of whom seemed to have a tremendous amount of emotional baggage tied up in Apple’s early work.

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Fiona Apple at it again, reveals 23-word title to new album

Oh, Fiona. How we’ve missed her! Her music, her proto-American Apparel videos, her predictably unpredictable nature.

In her absence, we’ve settled for the likes of Lana Del Rey and Paz de la Huerta, which has been whatever. But thankfully, Apple’s back this year, and to celebrate, she’s giving the world what she knows it wants: another alarmingly long album title.

It’s 67 words shorter than than her last long-titled album, but the songstress’ new one is still a 23-word-deep doozy. Here it is in all its randomly capitalized glory:

The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do.

The album, Apple’s fourth — and first since 2005’s Extraordinary Machine — doesn’t have a firm release date yet, though June is reportedly in the running. But the even bigger mystery is: what do we call it?

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Fiona Apple will play at least eight live shows this year -- find the details here

A lot has happened since we last heard from the talented, complicated Fiona Apple. Her most recent album, Extraordinary Machine, was released all the way back in the mists of 2005.

Since then she’s largely retreated from the spotlight, leaving patient fans to make do with musical descendants (or poor Xeroxes, depending on your point of view) Lana Del Rey and the like. But no more!

If your location and Ticketmaster deftness plays in your favor, you’ll get to see the singer-songwriter live for the first time in, well, a while.

Apple is slated to play two dates at this year’s South By Southwest festival in Austin, Tex., this year. (If you can’t make it, we’ll be there and let you know how they go.) And after that, she’ll embark on a short six-date tour through Chicago and a slew of key cities along I-95; according to her site, tickets for all dates go on sale this Friday.

But don’t worry, rest of America: there will likely be many more opportunities to see Fiona live, especially considering she’s supposed to have a new album to promote this year (fingers crossed). For now, though, here are the dates announced so far:

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Lilith Fair to return in 2010 -- are you feeling it?

According to a brief post on Billboard.com, Lilith Fair has awoken from its lengthy lady-slumber — the female-focused music festival traveled through North America from 1997-1999 — and will reemerge for a two-week jaunt sometime next year in Europe and the U.K.

The tour, which once featured a slew of XX-chromosomed all-stars, including co-founder Sarah McClachlan, the Indigo Girls, Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, the Dixie Chicks, Erykah Badu, Jewel, Sinead O’Connor, Emmylou Harris and Missy Elliott, found considerable commercial success in its time. More than a decade later, it could probably still thrive with the same names (minus, perhaps, the odd Letters to Cleo-related switcheroo), though it’s unsure if those same women would agree to return.

Do you still believe in Lilith, Music Mixers? What kind of lineup would it take to get you strap on your “A Woman Needs a Man Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle”-stickered fannypack and help rebuild the fem-pire? Here’s a clip to jog your memory (fem-ory? NO MORE GYNO PUNS!):



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New Fiona Apple: The no-longer Sullen Girl covers a jazz classic

No one can blame Fiona Apple for taking quite a bit of time off after 2005’s Extraordinary Machine — an album that endured several release-date changes, two producers and an entire re-recording. So maybe absence made my heart grow fonder, but I am really digging her new cover of "Why Try to Change Me Now." The song, a jazzy standard from famed composer/pianist Cy Coleman, is soft, gorgeous and, above all, restrained. The lyrics seem curiously relevant to Apple’s personality too, as she croons about living in her own strange world and not being conventional. (That’s why we love you, Fiona: because you’re not.) The song is included in a Coleman tribute EP, Then Was Then, And Now Is Now, alongside covers from Patty Griffin and Nikka Costa, among others:

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