Hot Band Alert: Florence & the Machine @ Bowery

Finally, on Tuesday night, we have this bombastic Brit outfit all to ourselves

By Elizabeth Bougerol
|  Monday, Oct 26, 2009  |  Updated 4:01 PM EDT
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Hot Band Alert: Florence & the Machine @ Bowery

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Florence Welch brings her Machine to Bowery Ballroom.

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Who: Singer-songwriter Florence Welch, who makes music—sweeping, soaring, catchy-as-crabs music—with various backing musicians and collaborators under the name Florence & the Machine. Up until last week, you could be forgiven for not knowing her name, but her album “Lungs” has now officially landed on these shores, and you must. Get. It. We dare you to listen to “The Dog Days Are Over” once and resist the urge to listen to it three or six more times in a row.

What she sounds like: There have been comparisons to Kate Bush and Bjork, but we’d also throw in Imogen Heap and maybe early Goldfrapp, if only for “Lungs”’ what-will-she-do-next gothic circus of sounds. Also? Lots of harp.

Where she hails from: London

Spin this: “The Dog Days Are Over”, “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)”, “Kiss With a Fist”. Also, check out her cover of Beyoncé’s “Halo”, performed live for the BBC’s Live Lounge. 

Where to hear her live: She plays Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday, October 27 at 8PM.

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