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Video of the Moment #252: Florence and the Machine

 
By on Thursday, 15th April 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

I’m sure by now most of you will have seen the video for Florence and the Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over” where she’s dancing around in the forest with a bunch of creepy clowns. But if you’ve searched for it recently, you may have noticed that they’ve posted a different “2010 Version,” which is much more performance-based and has a higher production value. The new video puts her in a variety of unusual outfits, including a kimono and face paint, and a long Grecian dress with massive, curly hair. Also starring blue women and a gospel choir, the video doesn’t make much sense, but it sure is interesting to look at. Which do you prefer?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWOyfLBYtuU[/youtube]

 

Live Review: The Temper Trap and Florence and the Machine with the Kissaway Trail at 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C. – 6 April 2010

 
By on Monday, 12th April 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

The Washington, D.C. branch of TGTF were lucky enough to have tickets to the sold out Florence and the Machine / The Temper Trap double-header this past Tuesday at the 9:30 Club, and it was unforgettable night. For three bands that each have their own distinctive sounds and even come from different countries (Florence is British, the Temper Trap is Australian and opener The Kissaway Trail is Danish), having them on the same bill worked surprisingly well. Some of the audience was clearly there for only one band (there was a noticeable shift in the crowd between Florence and the Machine and the Temper Trap’s sets), but the majority of the crowd stayed throughout the whole show and enjoyed it immensely.

Danish indie band The Kissaway Trail opened the show with a short, 6-song set. Most of the crowd seemed unfamiliar with them, but by the end of their set were really getting into it. The band combined keyboards, drums, guitars, bass and tambourine to create a very rich sound without once sounding jumbled or too heavy – quite a feat, in my opinion, with that many musicians. One of the highlights of their set was “61,” a powerful track from their 2007 debut album, which had a gorgeous  5-part harmony. “New Year” was also very impressive, especially the long and intricate breakdown. Switching between different instruments and jumping around the stage, their energy and their passion for the music really showed, and that’s what won the audience over. They closed their set with single “SDP,” a song from their new album, “Sleep Mountain,” which they pointed out wasn’t coming out for a few more weeks in the US (it’s already out in the UK), but they had for sale anyway.

After their set, there was a palpable buzz in the air as the crowd eagerly anticipated Florence and the Machine’s set. To match her flowery backdrop, flowers were added to everything: amps, Florence’s mic, and even a drum they set up for her to play. When she finally came out in a black romper and a sheer glittery cape, the crowd went wild. Everything about her set was incredibly dramatic. Between her flaming red hair, her outfit, the fog and the flashing lights, she was captivating to watch. She used her cape and a shawl as props, taking them on and off throughout the set, and used careful hand and arm gestures for emphasis while she sang. Despite this, nothing came off as too stiff or too planned – she used dramatic poses when they suited the song, but was just as often running and jumping around the stage and encouraging the crowd to join in.

But while Florence Welch is stunning, people don’t go to her gigs to see her, they go to hear her. Her distinctive voice is very powerful and expressive live, somehow even more so than on her album. I never understood before what people meant when they thought her album was over-produced, but hearing her perform the songs live, it became obvious that her voice could easily carry the songs with half as many frills on top. Often the crowd would go silent listening to her sing, which was preferable to the times they tried to mimic her singing, a feat they obviously couldn’t pull off. But Florence didn’t seem to mind when the crowd butchered her songs, she was very touched that on her first time in America, on only the second night of the tour, people were singing along to all the songs. She didn’t speak much between songs, but when she did it was almost always to thank the audience for being so amazing. One of the most impressive things about her set was how well-planned the set list was: she started with less-known tracks like “Howl” and worked her way through more and more popular tracks, so that by the time she closed with her three best-loved songs, “Dog Days Are Over,” “You’ve Got the Love” and “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up!)”, the crowd was going crazy.

Because there was a noticeable shift in the crowd after Florence’s set, I was worried the crowd wouldn’t be as into the Temper Trap. And while a few overzealous Flo fans shouted her name when she came out onto the guest balcony with her band to watch, for the most part the crowd was loving them. While people were standing in awe a lot for Florence, they were grooving a lot more to Temper Trap. Lead singer Dougy’s soulful falsetto voice is also very distinctive, but in a completely different way to Florence’s. He had a lot of stage presence, shimmying and dancing as he played, and you could tell he put a lot of passion into his performance, as did the bassist. Several girls near the front seemed to find the band incredibly sexy no matter what they did, but I’d say the sexiest song of the night was the slowly building “Soldier On,” which they played in the middle of their set. In the beginning, the backing was minimal and it really showcased Dougy’s voice, but by the end they had built it up into something absolutely massive. Another song they slipped into the middle of their set was their best-known track, “Sweet Disposition.” It caught the audience off-guard and they went mental – absolutely everyone was singing along. “Resurrection” was also very popular. They brought out another drum for Dougy and put it in the middle of the stage. He then poured a bottle of water into it so that water splashed up really high when he played it. It looked incredible, and had the added bonus of being very refreshing for those of us in the front row. For the encore, they played a slower new song called “Rabbit Hole,” which went over well, and their most recent single, “Science of Fear,” which a lot of the audience seemed to know.

Coming out of the gig, my overall impression was how incredibly talented this group of musicians was. They used tricks and props to add drama, but it was all really about the music. To not only see such a diverse and talented group together, but to have them enjoy each others’ company so much and really enjoy touring together was a pleasure to watch.

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Preview: Latitude 2010

 
By on Wednesday, 7th April 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

Believe it or not, the beloved summer season is just around the corner. This usually means a lot to most people. For music and art lovers, it’s a significant time to embrace such wonderful mediums, and this year’s Latitude Festival is looking to be loveable. Now is a good time to start scrutinizing that budget of yours. Those pennies you save will indeed be worth the oozing joy you’ll feel July 15-18 at Henham Park.

Having entered its fifth season, the Latitude Festival sure knows how to pack a mighty punch. If eclectic styles have been a festival highlight in years past, than this season will go beyond satiation. Ears will be filled with wonder, eyes will be filled with curiosity and mouths will be filled with, umm… food of course.

As in years past, Latitude will take place across four stages: The Obelisk Arena, The Uncut Arena, The Sunrise Arena, and the Huw Stephens curated Lake Stage. Some wonderful elements of comedy, poetry, theatre, literature and cabaret will supply culture and enlightenment to festival goes. Perhaps the most exciting feature, however, is the excellent line-up of performing musical acts.

Do we really need to justify our excitement that Florence and The Machine will be a headliner? And how about indie “twee” (yes, sorry, it is an outdated label) Belle and Sebastian also showing up as a headliner? This will prove to be an indisputable treat, given that a new album is in the works with this Scottish band. Now, come to find out, this will all be topped off with the generally loved Vampire Weekend. Sounds like a heavenly day to me, despite what the weather forecast has in store.

The plethora of excellent music doesn’t stop there, either. Fronted by the bald headed Tim Booth, Mancunian indie heroes, James, will be making an appearance. They’ll no doubt awe festival goers with their stand by classics like “Sit Down” and “Laid” but also probably pull some new songs from one of their upcoming mini albums, The Night Before.

Several American bands will also be wowing the crowds, like the rockers from deep down in Texas, Spoon; former jazz students, Midlake; the Brooklyn-based Dirty Projectors; and the universally adored Yeasayer. I ask how could you really say nay to any of these groups? Let it be known that I’m just scratching the surface of some bands performing at Latitude, by the way. Many other spectacular bands and artists are filling the Latitude slots as I type.

As mentioned above, there are other venues of interest to behold at the three day festival. There will be poetry reading by popular authors like Wendy Cope and John Cooper, while comedians such as Ardal O’Hanlon and Emo Phillips will provide a laugh fest. Still, those interested in theatre and dance productions should take notice that productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Opera House will grace the stages with their extraordinary skill and talent.

The list of great acts, from music legends to film experts, literally go on and on. Check out the ongoing list if you’re still not convinced that Latitude will again delight just about everyone this year.

Tickets are selling out rapidly, but there are a few still on sale priced at £155 for a weekend ticket with camping.

 

Florence and the Machine / May 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 26th January 2010 at 9:02 pm
 

Florence and her money making Machine have announced a string of UK Tour dates for mid May playing three venues for 7 shows.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday (29th January 2010). Catch her at:

Friday 7th May 2010 – Blackpool Empress Ballroom
Sunday 9th May 2010 – Blackpool Empress Ballroom
Monday 10th May 2010 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Tuesday 11th May 2010 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Thursday 13th May 2010 – London HMV Apollo Hammersmith
Friday 14th May 2010 – London HMV Apollo Hammersmith
Saturday 15th May 2010 – London HMV Apollo Hammersmith

 

Mencap Little Noise Sessions / November 2009

 
By on Sunday, 8th November 2009 at 3:50 pm
 

Following on from the amazing lineups of the past two years, the Mencap Little Noise sessions are back again this November to raise more money for the mental disability charity.

The lineup is almost complete, with a string of pretty amazing performances scheduled. Personally, I’m most excited about Editors day, along with the pop-tastic Alexandra Burke, Mika and Newton Faulkner days – all of the shows have great talent and with the promise of special guests, I say you should hop on down to Union Chapel to check out some great music. Head on over to the Little Noise Sessions website for more answers to your questions.

The artists so far announced include:

Monday 16th November
Editors
The Maccabees
Bombay Bicycle Club
Everything Everything

Tuesday 17th November
Alexandra Burke
Alphabeat
Marina and the Diamonds
VV Brown

Wednesday 18th November
Mika
Paloma Faith
Alex Gardner
Daisy Dares You

Thursday 19th November
Richard Hawley
I Blame Coco

Friday 20th November
Lostprophets
The Blackout
Egyptian Hip Hop

Saturday 21st November
Taio Cruz
Tinchy Stryder
Chipmunk

Sunday 22nd November
Florence and the Machine
Golden Silvers
Erik Hassle
Ellie Goulding

Monday 23rd November
David Gray
The Low Anthem
Lisa Mitchell

Tuesday 24th November
Newton Faulkner
Scouting for Girls
Little Comets
Stornoway

 

Video of the Moment #155: Florence and the Machine

 
By on Tuesday, 13th October 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

This week on MySpace, red-headed Florence Welch, better known as the frontwoman for Florence and the Machine, debuted a shimmery new promo video for her song ‘You Got the Love’. If you haven’t sussed it yet, it’s a cover of the 1991 UK hit by the Source featuring Candi Staton (an American soul singer). Have a watch of Florence’s new video. It’s very…sparkly.

[myspace]http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=64085853[/myspace]

 
 
 

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