Glorious Florence + the Machine is gracing the Bay area with her presence this Sunday.
Last week, she kicked off her latest US tour at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee. She will play at the Greek Theater at UC Berkeley, my alma mater and site of my first ever concert (Third Eye Blind!).
Back in 2009, Florence was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize for her debut album Lungs, but she blew up stateside last year after her song “Dog Days Are Over” ran in the Eat Pray Love trailer. The film was directed by Glee’s creator Ryan Murphy and the song was later covered on Glee.
Since then, she’s been on a media blitz, doing the did the grand rounds of awards shows: she was a highlight at the MTV Video Music Awards, the Grammys, and the Oscars (where she replaced Dido in performing the song from 127 Hours). As mentioned previously on dd blog, she also contributed a track on the Twilight Saga: Eclipse film soundtrack.
Known for her flaming red hair and gypsy bohemian glamour, she has been featured in Vogue twice and this month she is on the cover of Bust and Nylon. Her tour costumes are currently designed by Gucci, as she is the new face of the brand.
Florence has lungs that stretch over any type of song, from the early Sarah McLachlan-esque “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)” to the soul cover “You’ve Got The Love” to the scorching call of “Howl” which is a genre all its own.
Her range and passion astonishes me and I am thrilled to see her in concert! Now I just need to find some jewels and feathers. . .
“Rabbit Heart” on KEXP acoustic
“Howl” at Glastonbury Festival 2009
A BBC Radio 4 “Rhyme and Reason” interview with Florence on how poetry inspires her.