When singer-songwriters Fiona Apple
and Blake Mills announced this tour, which they’ve dubbed Anything We Want, they said in a typically verbose missive (at least for Apple) that they had “26 percent of an idea of what the fuck we will be playing for you.” Of course, the prospects are
endless. The only trait they seem to share is understatement. On her most recent
album, with the 23-word title The Idler Wheel. . . ., Apple erred toward moody, piano-based ruminations and quasi-psychedelic showstoppers, while Mills—who was Apple’s guitarist on The Idler Wheel—tends to use restraint as his secret weapon, holding back in his folky solo recordings until he swells to a shout. The few Anything We Want shows they’ve played at press time have found them working through a mix of new songs, some Apple classics, a Conway Twitty cover, and a number that showcases Apple on the drums. But with the ever temperamental Apple, that “26 percent” can change on a whim.
Mon., Oct. 21, 8 p.m.; Tue., Oct. 22, 8 p.m., 2013
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