I caught Fiona Apple live a few months ago at South By Southwest, where she debuted some songs from The Idler Wheel ..., her first album in seven years. It was probably only the biggest event of the entire festival, and I was pretty close to the stage. My take-away was that the new songs are good, her band is tight, and it is very difficult to look away from her while she is performing. It’s not just that she is extremely attractive. She’s so neurotic and tormented and wound-up onstage that you half wonder if you might be witnessing a mental breakdown. You’re tempted to think that maybe it’s all a big affectation, a tortured-artist pose. But it’s not. She is that crazy, and amazing.