27 Jun 2011

Watch - Flo's Wiltern Theater Concert On NPR

Last November Flo produced a stunning performance at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles and the great news is you can now watch the concert in full online.

NPR are streaming the set right now, so head to their website and see for yourself why everyone was raving about one of the gigs of the year.

The video is available on NPR until June 28.

Florence Welch is a remarkable force on stage. The statuesque English singer and leader of Florence and the Machine pirouettes on stage, often in an elegant evening gown, beats on drums and possesses one of the most striking voices in rock. Her music is a heavily orchestrated and dramatic mix of punk, pop and soulful crooning — a heady sound that's often dark and foreboding, but also sweet and light.

Florence and the Machine first appeared on the U.K. music scene with the explosive hit single "Kiss With a Fist," from the group's 2009 debut Lungs. The group is working on a follow-up due out early next year.

This stunning concert, recorded live from the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles last November, includes the first filmed performance of the band's new song, "Strangeness." Watch the entire show on NPR Music until Tuesday, June 28 when it will be released for digital sale on iTunes.

15 Jun 2011

13 Jun 2011

Florence Fashion

Florence wears mini dress by We Are Handsome (buy here), shorts by Chanel, shoes by Converse (buy here), ring and necklace by Susan Caplan and necklace by Mawi.


Florence Welch is one of the most enigmatic women in music. She has traveled the world, sung at the Oscars... and sleeps on a mattress on the floor of her mom's house. We're obsessed, and judging by your flood of "please, let Florence be on the cover!" emails, you are too. Below, a sample of new info to feed your Florence fix.

On Her Emotional Connection to Music:
It's funny because I'm not actually very good at saying how I feel in person. I think songwriting is a way for me to deal with my own emotional failings in life. When I'm making a song, it's almost as if I can express how I feel. It's almost as if, to get a message across to one person, you have to sing it to a couple of thousand.

On her first European tour, with MGMT:
We were desperate to do it, but obviously had no money. But my dad said he'd take us around in his camper van... so [the band] and my dad chugged around Europe for a month. We'd get to these tiny European towns and just look for the biggest thing there, which was always MGMT's tour bus. That's how we found the venue. They must have thought we were insane, turning up with pots and pans rattling, hanging out the window like "Hellooo."

On childhood aspirations:
I wanted to be a witch when i was a kid. I was obsessed with witchcraft. At school, me and my friends had these spell books: I always wanted a more magical reality. I had a shrine at home and I did a spell to try and make the boy in the other class fall in love with me."

Get the full story, and tons of Florence photos, in the new NYLON Music Issue!

What The Water Gave Me

F+TM performed new song 'What The Water Gave Me'at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley as part of their US tour.

Download audio here

12 Jun 2011

Bonnaroo Full Set

Florence and The Machine performed at This Tent at Bonnaroo on Friday. From the video below, it looks like they might’ve been the best performers on Friday. Judge for yourself and check it out below:

Read more and watch the set here: http://theaudioperv.com/2011/06/12/florence-and-the-machine-bonnaroo-full-set-video/#ixzz1P4uGmqu4
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2.Drumming Song
3.My Boy Builds Coffins
4.Between Two Lungs
5.Cosmic Love
7.Strangeness & Charm
8.You've Got the Love
9.Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
10.Heavy in Your Arms
11.Dog Days Are Over

EXCLUSIVE: Gucci Dresses Florence Welch on Her Summer Tour

The dog days of summer are just beginning — and that means Florence Welch’s tour is about to start, too! Beginning tomorrow, the songstress — the driving force behind Florence + the Machine — will bring her sweet vocals to cities from Berkeley to Boston, and she’ll be doing so in style. Gucci tells PEOPLE exclusively that creative director Frida Giannini designed Welch’s tour wardrobe, which consists of ethereal gowns accented with whimsical touches. “When Florence first came onto the scene, I was captivated by her eccentric style and her willingness to dare,” Giannini says in a release. “I felt there was such an authentic energy to her sound and her look. That was confirmed when I met her at the Grammys earlier this year.” The designer admits that the singer inspired her autumn/winter 2011 collection — and she even set her show to one of Welch’s songs, “Hurricane Drunk.” “[She's] a modern day icon with her cinematic allure and powerful presence,” Giannini adds. For her part, Welch is understandably flattered. “I was completely bowled over by her collection,” she says. “The dresses seemed perfect for my shows, the colours, the shapes, the movement in the fabric. So it seemed natural that we work together on creating some pieces for my upcoming U.S. tour.” When Welch takes the stage at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tenn., on Friday, she’ll be draped in some of Giannini’s designs, including a swirling dotted gown, seen in the exclusive sketch on the left, and a sexier, floral-bedecked number (right). Welch enthuses, “I’m very grateful to Frida, it’s been a wonderful experience and I can’t wait to get dressed for the stage!” Tell us: What do you think of Welch’s Gucci costumes? –Kate Hogan

9 Jun 2011

Gucci to design Florence Welch’s wardrobe for her upcoming tour

Recently named as the new face of Gucci, Florence and the Machine frontwoman Florence Welch will be dressed by the luxe label for her upcoming tour of North America…

Designer/artist tour wardrobe collaborations are nothing new – think Kylie and designer duo Dolce & Gabbana – but with the news that iconic Italian fashion house Gucci have been working with ethereal beauty Florence Welch on a selection of outfits for Florence and the Machine’s upcoming American tour with U2, we’re dying to get a front row ticket.
Having already revealed that Florence was the inspiration behind her Fall 2011 collection and is set to star in the campaign, Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini explained that it was the stunning songstress’ “eccentric style and willingness to dare” that she first found captivating.

A fan of fashion, and obviously thrilled by the collaboration, Florence enthused: “I was completely bowled over by her [Autumn/Winter 2011] collection, the dresses seemed perfect for my shows, the colours, the shapes, the movement in the fabric. So it seemed natural that we work together on creating some pieces for my upcoming US tour. I'm very grateful to Frida, it's been a wonderful experience and I can't wait to get dressed for the stage!”

With the tour spanning 17 cities and starting in Manchester, Tennessee tomorrow, we can’t wait to see the photos!

By Sarah Smith

Ooh La La, Blake Lively Talks to Florence Welch About Clothes, Men and More!

She’s got a hit show, a mega summer movie and a contract with Chanel—so, yeah, things are going pretty well for Blake Lively. She tells her new best friend, singer Florence Welch, all about it.
Get a sneak preview of Blake Lively’s cover shoot, just for our Facebook fans!
As told to Amy Spencer

She makes you feel that she and life are going to go on forever.” Can you guess whom director Baz Luhrmann was talking about in his tribute to one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2011? Streep? Kidman? Bacall? Nope—it’s Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively! Her role as Serena van der Woodsen may have made her a household name, but it’s Blake’s impressive drama chops (have you seen her turn as a drug-addled single mom in 2010’s The Town?) that have helped her land movie parts more seasoned actors would kill for. And she’s quickly becoming a fashion icon (without a stylist, mind you). Karl Lagerfeld—Mr. Chanel himself—brought her as his date to this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala, one of fashion’s highest-profile events, calling her an “American dream girl.”
This summer, Blake fights big-screen villains with Ryan Reynolds in the blockbuster Green Lantern; next up is the indie drama Hick and a role in Oliver Stone’s Savages. The girl’s on fire—and did we mention she’s only 23? Listen in as Glamour’s guest interviewer, Blake’s good friend Florence and the Machine singer Florence Welch, pumps her for details on all that good stuff and more.
FLORENCE WELCH: Blake, you looked a-mazing at the Met ball the other night.
BLAKE LIVELY:Stop it! I think we love each other too much—it’s not healthy! The performance you did that night, it’s the best thing I’ve been to yet.
FLORENCE WELCH: It was so nice having you in the crowd. I remember meeting you after my first show in New York. You got the band pizza, and they instantly fell in love with you. It was so sweet.
BLAKE LIVELY: I feel like the story of our meeting should be a little more happenstance so I sound less like a stalker, but it’s not. My brother was obsessed with you. When he played your album for me, my jaw dropped. Two days later you were playing the Bowery Ballroom, and we said, “This is serendipitous! We’re supposed to see her.”
FLORENCE WELCH: [Laughs hard.]
BLAKE LIVELY: So I got a ticket, and when they said, “Do you want to come backstage?” I’m like, Oh my gosh, I would love to meet this wonderful goddess! And then you were the nicest person I’d ever met. I thought, I need to know her better.
FLORENCE WELCH: And then Vegas was really fun as well, wasn’t it? That sealed the deal on our friendship, spending New Year’s together in sparkly outfits, standing on a table.
BLAKE LIVELY: You said, “Come to Vegas!” and I rounded up 16 of my family members.
FLORENCE WELCH: I think it was your uncle or your dad who went to get me ice because I’d fallen off the table mid-freestyle rapping.
BLAKE LIVELY: Well, it’s difficult to wear such high Louboutins and also freestyle rap. [Laughs.]
FLORENCE WELCH: [Pauses.] How am I doing on interviewing you so far?
BLAKE LIVELY: Wonderful!
FLORENCE WELCH: OK, my career in journalism can start, then. So how does it feel to be the face of Chanel’s Mademoiselle handbag?
BLAKE LIVELY: It’s such an honor. When I found out I got [the job], you and I went to dinner and concocted this plan, like two little girls at a tea party, saying, “Oh, it would be the best if we had a party. And you’ll perform, and we’ll do it in Paris.” Like you and I were in charge of Chanel!”

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Watch Florence Perform Live At Bonnaroo On Vevo

Tomorrow night (June 10) Florence will kick off her US tour with a performance at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee.
The good news for those not in attendance is that Flo's set will be streamed live from the event on Vevo.
She takes to the stage from 6:15pm ET (11:15pm BST), so make sure you tune in for what is sure to be a magical evening.
For more information on the streaming click here.

Flo in Daily Mail

This is also means that Flo is in Glamour Magazine too so we will update you soon.

8 Jun 2011

Most Played Songs of 2010

PPL has today revealed the most played songs of 2010 in their exclusive pop and classical charts. 
The top ten most played pop songs of 2010 are:
1) Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
2) Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind (Part II)
3) Lady Gaga - Alejandro
4) Plan B – She Said
5) All The Lovers – Kylie Minogue
6) Olly Murs – Please Don’t Let Me Go
7) Ke$ha – Tik Tok
8) Florence + the Machine – Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
9) Train - Hey, Soul Sister
10) Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire

Hanni El Khatib On Bonnaroo, Florence Welch's Closet, and Festival Jitters

We got a chance to sit down with knife-fight rocker Hanni El Khatib before he packed up and headed off to Bonnaroo, and he filled us in on artists he's excited to see, his dream festival line-up (which involves bringing Kurt Cobain back from the dead), and the secret behind tourmate Florence Welch's inimitable style. 

You can catch Hanni at Bonnaroo on Friday, June 12th at 6:40pm at the On Tap Lounge. Hear more of his music on his Myspace, check out his official website for more tour dates, and download his singles from iTunes now.

View the video here

Florence Mentioned in Blondie's Panic Of Girls Fan Pack Magazine

words: Harriet Gibsone

As I look through my record collection, it is smattered with artists who must have been cajoled by Debbie's devilish defiance. The Scando section is littered with the surreal and veiled kookiness of Fever Ray and Bjork, while the elegant swagger of The Cardigans' Nina Persson is easily traceable. There's the sexual ambush and New York nastiness of Peaches, Beth Ditto's molten-hot snarl, Crystal Castles' Alice Glass with her smoky eyes and atomic punk attitude, MIA's kaleidoscope sounds, Roisin Murphy's fashionista disco and theatrical costumes, Allison Mosshary's rock'n'roll strut, Florence Welch's ability to beguile and beseech in a satin gown

Finishing Florence & The Machine

Producer discusses how he's pulled off one his biggest projects of the year

By all accounts it has been a busy year for London producer Paul Epworth, having worked on the biggest album of the year, Adele's record smashing 21 and the well received second record, Pala from Friendly Fires.

Now he's confirmed that he's putting the finishing touches to the hotly anticipated Florence and the machine album.

6 Music's Jo Youle caught up with him to find out the full details:

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6 Jun 2011

Gucci's New Muse


FRIDA GIANNINI has described Florence Welch as her inspiration for Gucci's autumn/winter 2011 offering.
"As I was imagining this collection I was thinking of a strong and somewhat mysterious muse. Florence is that kind of woman," she explained. "I met her in Los Angeles at this year's Grammys and was captivated by her presence. She has a powerful personality and an entrancing quality to her performances. She also has that confident and self assured look that goes hand in hand with the Gucci woman."
Having picked Mark Ronson, Rihanna and James Franco to appear in previous Gucci campaigns, Giannini believes she has an eye for emerging talent.
"I chose to work with all three of them before they became as popular culturally as they are today," she told Dazed Digital. "I think Gucci has been successful in bridging past and present. We have a rich and storied past, but we always have an eye to the future, which these collaborations represent."

3 Jun 2011

Elle UK

Florence in this month's Elle UK.

2 Jun 2011

Not Fade Away

Florence Welch: Not Fade Awayfrom Tabitha Denholm on Nowness.com.

This is the final part of the Letters From America series, this also being the Letter from New Orleans.

Outfitted in Day of the Dead regalia, Florence Welch conjures a soulful rendition of Buddy Holly's 1957 hit in new music video “Not Fade Away.” Produced by Louisiana native C.C. Adcock and recorded in New Orleans last year in the midst of Florence and the Machine's North American tour, the cover is part of a forthcoming 19-track tribute album, Rave On Buddy Holly, which commemorates the late musician’s 75th birthday. "When I was 10 my grandmother took me to see the Buddy Holly musical and I've had a crush on him ever since. And now my boyfriend looks slightly like him!" Welch laughs. The compilation's producers, Randall Poster and Gelya Robb, enlisted the likes of Patti Smith, Julian Casablancas, Paul McCartney and Karen Elson (with Jack White) in testament to Holly’s immeasurable influence. "He elevated the ordinary to poetry,” says Poster, renowned music supervisor for films by Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese and Todd Haynes. "A lot of artists have found inspiration and identified with Buddy Holly, because they feel like he's everyman, not a superman. He gave John Lennon the confidence to wear glasses." NOWNESS asked Poster to annotate standout tracks from the album, available on June 28.

Florence and the Machine, "Not Fade Away"
Florence was an artist that we wanted to have on the record from the beginning. By virtue of where she was, the track has this New Orleans arrangement: it breathes a Cajun influence. The song bears a geographic imprint.

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Rave On Buddy Holly


Daringly Original Tribute Collection Features My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys, Modest Mouse, Nick Lowe, Florence + The Machine, Cee Lo Green, Paul McCartney, Kid Rock, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Julian Casablancas and more - Available June 28, 2011
From Fantasy Records /Concord Music Group

For immediate release - April 28th, 2011 — In his short-lived but extraordinary life, Buddy Holly left behind a body of work so enthralling, his enduring influence is nearly impossible to overstate. The melodic joy and fierce independent streak at the core of his artistry is profoundly felt on Rave On Buddy Holly, a 19-song collection of indelible Holly covers by a rich assemblage of current musical visionaries and creative kindred spirits. Fantasy/Concord will release Rave On Buddy Holly June 28th, 2011.

Rave On’s striking collection of musicians share Holly’s insurgent rebel spirit and outsider point of view. The artists cross generations and styles, collectively and defiantly embracing Holly’s distinctive rough and tumble inventiveness. Very few songwriters could inspire passionately personal, fearless cover versions from performers such as My Morning Jacket, Cee Lo Green, Justin Townes Earle, The Black Keys, Florence + The Machine, She & Him, Modest Mouse, Paul McCartney, Julian Casablancas, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Fiona Apple and John Brion, Graham Nash, The Detroit Cobras, Kid Rock, John Doe, Karen Elson, Nick Lowe and Jenny O. Which is part of what makes this much more than a mere “tribute album.”

Rave On Buddy Holly steers clear of the reverent re-creations typically found on similar projects; the artists clearly felt free to explore radically new interpretations. Florence + The Machine bring an industrial New Orleans vibe to “Not Fade Away” (with help from Bayou icon Ivan Neville on keys). The Black Keys’ elemental accompaniment touches the emotional core of “Dearest” while Modest Mouse takes “That’ll Be the Day” into truly avant-garde territory. Cee Lo Green’s exquisite vocals, for example, echo among handclaps and percussion on his epic reading of “Baby, You’re So Square.” Paul McCartney’s take on the originally lilting “It’s So Easy” is a raw, propulsive excursion filled with boisterous spoken ad-libs. Lou Reed lays down a blazing “Peggy Sue,” replete with overdriven guitars and loopy keyboards. The romantic underpinnings of Holly’s music are cleverly revealed in Rave On’s multiple male-female pairings: Apple and Brion, Reed, Elson and (husband/producer) Jack White and She & Him.

Known for his work with such directors as Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson and Todd Haynes, esteemed film-music supervisor Randall Poster was sought out to produce and oversee the project. “As the tracks from various contributors were gathered for the album,” explains Poster “we seemed to be gathering pieces of a complex and original puzzle … that traces back to the roots of rock and roll and shapes so much of the music that followed.”

Poster gives special recognition to producing partner Geyla Robb and her overall influence on Rave On’s exceptional blend of tender toughness. Poster also credits the album’s richness to the various track producers, such as Matt Sweeney, Joe Henry, Jack White and C.C. Adcock.

A true pop pioneer whose astonishing tunes boasted rock ‘n’ roll punch, irresistible hooks and boundary-pushing sonic sweep, Buddy Holly would be 75-years-old on September 7th of this year. Sadly, of course, he died in 1959 at age 22. But Holly’s music never died, and has exerted a profound influence on virtually every part of the pop music soundscape. His sparkling hooks, tender lyrics and elegantly concise compositions set the bar for all the rock, country and pop tunesmiths who followed in his brilliant wake. A bold affirmation that proves his music, on the eve of his 75th birthday, is more relevant than ever, Rave On Buddy Holly tips its collective hat with love and appreciation.

Rave On Buddy Holly track listing:
1. Dearest -The Black Keys (2:06)
2. Every Day - Fiona Apple & Jon Brion (2:19)
3. It’s So Easy - Paul McCartney (4:35)
4. Not Fade Away - Florence + The Machine (4:02)
5. (You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care - Cee Lo Green (1:31)
6. Crying, Waiting, Hoping - Karen Elson (2:25)
7. Rave On - Julian Casablancas (1:55)
8. I’m Gonna Love You Too- Jenny O. (2:11)
9. Maybe Baby -Justin Townes Earle (2:06)
10. Oh Boy - She & Him (2:18)
11. Changing All Those Changes - Nick Lowe (1:41)
12. Words Of Love - Patti Smith (3:20)
13. True Love Ways - My Morning Jacket (3:25)
14. That’ll Be The Day - Modest Mouse (2:15)
15. Well…All Right - Kid Rock (2:09)
16. Heartbeat - The Detroit Cobras (2:20)
17. Peggy Sue - Lou Reed (3:19)
18. Peggy Sue Got Married - John Doe (3:57)
19. Raining In My Heart - Graham Nash (3:30)

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