Tori Amos made her career out of piano ballads that address the things Polite Society avoids in conversation: Religion, sex, women's rights, equality. It's what separated her from the Edie Brickells and Natalie Merchants who dominated adult-alternative radio and VH1 in 1992, when she released her debut album. She found a formula early and hasn't drifted from it sincefor better (seven out of her 10 albums have debuted in the Billboard Top 10) or worse (her last few albums sound indistinguishable except to the most devout fan). Regardless, her plinky playing will suit Radio City's plush seats perfectly. With eskimO.
Thu., Aug. 13, 8 p.m., 2009