Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple's been around for 18 years, and yet you can count her discography on one hand. Part of that is because she's infamously private, and part of that is because every single record she makes is incredibly meticulous, from the frenetic piano melodies to the torrid vocals and the spilling, cutting lyrics. Apple's latest, The Idler Wheel..., contains a startling amount of hot-blooded sentiment; it may be her starkest and most daring yet. In the video for the first single, "Every Single Night," Apple shows her darkly humorous side: She wriggles around in a grass skirt and a coconut bra; snails and octopuses crawl over her body. But the song's lyrics—"I just made a meal for us both to choke on/Every single night's a fight with my brain"—radiate with the same seriously heated energy that originally made Apple the patron saint of all fucked-up girls. With Blake Mills. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Wed., July 25, 8 p.m., 2012

 
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