Fiona Apple Announces U.S. Tour Following SXSW Appearance

With a long-awaited album promised for 2012, the singer now has seven dates on the books for March.

Fiona Apple has big plans for 2012.

The 34-year-old singer, who recently revealed she had an album in the can, announced a small U.S. tour on Tuesday morning. She'll hit up Chicago, Washington, DC, Brooklyn, Atlantic City, New York and Boston following a high profile return at March's South by Southwest Festival in Austin.

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Apple is set to open the official Pitchfork SXSW showcase on Mar. 17 at Austin's Central Presbyterian Church. The official showcase annually sees some of the festival's longest lines and this year Apple joins Charli XCX, Purity Ring, Grimes and Nicolas Jaar.

Though Apple has made the stray live performance over the years, most notably at LA's Largo with collaborator Jon Brion, this will be her first proper tour since 2007. She famously left a crowd of 3,000 at New York's Roseland Ballroom in 2001 after equipment problems prompted an onstage tantrum.

As for that album, after a tweet from Epic Records chairman and X Factor judge LA Reid had many thinking it was already prepped for release, the label has since said that it will "absolutely" come out this year -- though no date is fixed.

See the complete tour dates below:

Mar. 15: Austin, TX - Central Presbyterian Church
Mar. 15: Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
Mar. 15: Washington, DC - 6th & I Historic Synagogue
Mar. 15: Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mar. 15: Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Spa & Resort - Music Box
Mar. 15: New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Mar. 15: Boston, MA - Royal