Fiona Apple’s debut album, Tidal, was released in 1996 when she was only 19, and it was the cream of that crop of confessional, badass female mid-to-late-’90s pop. She gave frank interviews about eating disorders, rape, and depression, and mouthed off on MTV (“This world is bullshit”). Then, instead of going crazy or dying or getting a reality show, she just kept making excellent music. Reviews of her recent shows have been ecstatic and slightly terrified (“Vibrating hot and fast,” said the NYT; “She was in warrior mode,” said the Chicago Tribune). (Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St, www.stgpresents.org, 8 pm, $41.25–$56.25, all ages)

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