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Florence and the Machine takes the Wells Fargo Center out of its comfort zone with a propulsive set

Florence and the Machine | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

“Now, Philadelphia, we’re going to do something very strange,” Florence Welch told a packed house at the Wells Fargo Center. “It’s going to make you feel weird, it’s going to make you feel uncomfortable and very vulnerable. But do you trust me?”

It was hard to know how to respond to that, exactly. This came after the frontperson and namesake of theatrical modern rock juggernaut Florence and the Machine had asked the entire arena to hold hands and sway to the dramatic swell of “South London Forever.” It was after she told us to turn to whoever was standing next to us, friend or stranger, and tell them that we loved them. On the one hand, there was a sense of “what now?” On the other hand, it’s not as though anything bad had happened thus far. Though Welch joked about making the evening “extra hippie,” the crowd participation component of last night’s Florence and the Machine concert was clearly intended to get us out of our comfort zones, to break down the walls that we’d built between ourselves and the outside world, but also to bring the room together as one.
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The Week Ahead: Swearin’, Death Cab For Cutie, Gorillaz, Florence and the Machine, and more

Florence and the Machine | photo by Vincent Haycock | courtesy of the artist

This week, our concert agenda includes indie rock institutions as well as left-of-center art popsters, arena shows to DIY shows, rock and roll and folk and Afrobeat and everything in between. Here are 19 concerts you can see in and around Philadelphia over the next seven days. Continue reading →

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Florence and The Machine pay tribute to Tori Amos with “Cornflake Girl” cover

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Florence and The Machine | Firefly 2016 | Photo by John Vettese

In a new session with Spotify, Florence and The Machine offered up a reverent cover of Tori Amos’ iconic “Cornflake Girl.”

The dramatic, dynamic mood piece is a perfect fit for the band’s musical style. They faithfully reproduce the dense arrangement of the 1994 recording. Meanwhile, Florence Welch channels Amos’ powerful vocals while infusing them with a unique power of her own. The song’s climaxes soar with emotion. The session also features a reworking of “Hunger”, the much-loved single from this year’s High as Hope LP. You can listen to the full session below. Continue reading →

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Florence and the Machine release dramatic new song, “Big God”

Florence and the Machine | photo by Vincent Haycock | courtesy of the artist

Those of us anticipating Florence + the Machine’s upcoming High as Hope album can satiate our hunger for a little longer with the album’s newly released third single, “Big God.” Proving once again that the band are masters of melodrama, “Big God” is a moody piano ballad with stark dynamics and religious lyrical imagery that would fit comfortably on a Nick Cave record. The song also features high-profile collaborators Jamie xx and Kamasi Washington contributing songwriting and saxophone respectively. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Florence and the Machine will bring High As Hope to Philly in October

Florence and the Machine | photo by Vincent Haycock | courtesy of the artist

Theatrical modern rock faves Florence and the Machine will embark on their biggest headlining tour to date this fall, in support of the band’s upcoming fourth studio LP High As Hope. The record sees frontwoman Florence Welch teaming up with a hit-parade of collaborators, including saxophone luminary Kamasi Washington, electro-soul singer-songwriter Sampha, producer extraordinaire Jamie xx, crooner Tobias Jesso Jr. and more.

The band’s 23-date North American tour comes through Philadelphia on Sunday, October 14th at the Wells Fargo Center, with Grizzly Bear opening the show; tickets go on sale Friday, June 1st at 10 a.m., more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Openers on other stops of the tour include St. Vincent, Lizzo, Kamasi Washington, and Perfume Genius. Get the full run of dates below, and watch the music video for “Hunger” from High As Hope. Continue reading →

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Watch Florence and the Machine cover Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs”

Florence and the Machine | still from video
Florence and the Machine | still from video

On Friday night, anthemic alt rockers Florence and the Machine took the stage at London’s St. John at Hackney Church to benefit the UK charity War Child – which benefits young people in conflict-ridden areas – and their performance included a breathtaking rendition of “Silver Springs” by Fleetwood Mac.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Corin Tucker Band at Johnny Brenda’s, Joe Jackson at The Keswick, Florence and the Machine with The Weeknd at SBC, Market East at Kung Fu Necktie


Get your riot grrrl on for The Corin Tucker Band album release show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight!  Tucker was the vocalist/guitarist in the influential feminist punk band Sleater-Kinney alongside Carrie Brownstein in the nineties, but took a break from recording to start a family after the band’s split.  She has since returned to the studio and releases her solo band’s sophomore album Kill My Blues today.  Also billed are fishtown duo Trophy Wife.  Doors for the 21+ show are at 8:00pm.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Watch the video for “Riley” below, off of The Corin Tucker Band’s 2010 album 1,000 Years.

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Florence and The Machine announce September show at the Susquehanna Bank Center with The Weeknd


Florence and The Machine have announced a Fall tour that will bring them to the Susquehanna Bank Center on Tuesday, September 18th. Opening the show are The Maccabees and The Weeknd. The Weeknd, who made its American debut at Coachella and is currently touring the States, recently played a sold out show at the TLA. Tickets to the show go on sale this Friday, May 11th. Below, watch the video for “Lover To Lover” by Florence and The Machine and “Wicked Games” by The Weeknd.