Fiona Apple Performs New Songs At The 2012 South By Southwest Music Festival

Fiona Is Back!

Last month we learned that Fiona Apple would be making her return to the performance stage at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, TX this month (before she embarks on a short US tour) and last night was the big night. Fiona performed a short concert of songs (both old and new) at the music fest last night. In addition to some of her older, beloved songs, Fiona performed new tracks from her forthcoming album The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. Click below to check out VIDEO of Fiona‘s performance last night of the new song Anything We Want.

At turns frenetic, contemplative and whimsical, Fiona Apple made her return to the stage Wednesday at the South By Southwest Music Conference and Festival. The singer-songwriter debuted a handful of new songs from her upcoming album slated to be released this summer at NPR’s showcase at Stubb’s Barbecue. The show was one of the most anticipated at South By Southwest this year, and a large crowd turned out to her early evening set. It’s been five years since Apple played a live show outside of Los Angeles and seven years since her last album “Extraordinary Machine.” She’s got a second performance at a Pitchfork showcase in a church scheduled at SXSW before hitting the road for a short eight-date tour Sunday in Chicago. Apple talked very little with the crowd during the performance, joking that she may have forgotten to sing the second verse of a new song, but pleased fans with some of their favorites, including “Criminal,” “Fast As You Can” and “Sleep to Dream.” She turned in a spirited performance, overcoming a muggy evening and muddled sound that left her lyrics inaudible occasionally to many in the crowd. Wearing a black dress with a pink tank top underneath and her hair in a ponytail, she used a mug of hot tea to ease her voice through the final few songs. At one point she laid her head on her piano for about 45 seconds, then lifted it slightly as she watched rapturously as her guitar player finished off a song … videos of her performance and the new songs were quickly fed to the Internet. The only details released about the new album have been its title and imminent release. Her publicist said Wednesday that “The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do” will be released in June.


GAHHH! I followed along on Twitter last night as Fiona performed (the amazing Ann Powers from NPR live-tweeted the show) and was EXTREMELY jealous I couldn’t be at SxSW for this show. Honestly, tho, I can’t complain … I’ve been able to see Fiona play a tiny show here in LA while the rest of the world has been waiting for her reemergence onto the music scene so … I don’t mind sharing. I am really anxious to hear her new album. Fiona hits the road and will be performing all across the East Coast in the coming weeks. See her live if you can. I understand all of the shows are completely sold out but … I guess where there’s a will, there’s a way. It’s amazing to have Fiona Apple back amongst us again. She’s been missed. So, Fiona fans, what do y’all think of this new song?

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  1. Deanna W

    I am so excited to hear she is making music again. Gawd that voice…gives me chills! <3 her!

  2. kingmob

    AHHHH-MAZING!
    thanks for posting!
    so wish i could get a ticket here in nyc…sold out in seconds.

  3. Glen CoCo

    Cant wait to see her in Boston in a couple weeks….

  4. Krissy

    Yay!

  5. rYan

    Fiona: come back to Seattle! It’s been waaaaay too long

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