Watch Florence + The Machine Sing “Patricia” & Talk About Animal Costumes On James Corden

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Florence-And-The-Machine-On-CordenFlorence + Machine released the grand and stormy new album High As Hope a few months ago, and right now, they are in full-on arena-tour mode. All the people who have seen Florence Welch live in recent months come back saying rapturous things about it, and if Welch’s recent late-night performances are any … More »

Florence + The Machine looks onwards from chaos on new album, ‘High As Hope’

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Florence + The Machine looks onwards from chaos on new album, ‘High As Hope’Florence Machine High As Hope Album Art

Before Florence + The Machine released their fourth studio album, High As Hope, the group’s central force and vocalist Florence Welch opened up about the record in an interview with the Guardian. “Maybe I’m trying to hold on to normalcy,” Welch professed, in the same aptly-titled piece where she asks herself, “Did I dream too big?” These statements come ironically on the heels of three previous No. 1 album releases.

“Maybe because being onstage has become normal, the pockets of peace seem really wild. But I treasure them,” she says, attempting to channel her focus on those pockets throughout the new record.

Three years earlier, on the band’s third studio LP, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Welch sang despairingly with a bleating vibrato; belting songs of heartbreak and torment, building entire worlds of reflective, romantic embrace. In the time since, Welch admits she cracked. Looking to alcohol more than ever before, Welch saw destructive substances as an antidote, a means to escape the world she so quickly rose to fame in. The band’s frontwoman continues, “the partying was about me not wanting to deal with the fact my life had changed, not wanting to come down,” she explained in to the Guardian. “It always felt like something had picked me up and thrown me around various rooms and houses, then gone “boom!’”

So, Welch sobered up, and perhaps with direct author intent, though maybe subconsciously, Welch has stripped her new music of its chorus and orchestral elements, as well as its allegorical devices, too. In doing so she’s echoing the sentiment that those few and far between pockets of normalcy are her most grounding moments. Welch is the most honest and endearingly human she’s been with her audience yet in her writing on the band’s new full length. She’s even opening up about her biggest wounds, revealing she had an eating disorder at the age of 17 on “Hunger.”

After a thorough listen through High As Hope, it becomes clear that earlier in Welch’s career she had been dancing with her demons, even making friends with them, but on High As Hope it’s evident that she’s making amends with their presence in her life. It’s a record about coming to terms with fame, the sobering reality of her friends building their lives around her; of humility, though this is not to say that the “Addicted to Love” singer recognizes these feelings will ever go away. She’s welcoming the daunting dichotomies that fame brings into her life, with the hopes that as she grows older she manages them better; a theme relevant on a universal artistic scale. On the Jamie xx-assisted “Big God,” one of Welch’s biggest collaborations to date, the old Florence dances with religion. The album’s final song “No Choir” shimmers with Miike Snow frontman Andrew Wyatt crooning, “It’s hard to write about being happy because the older I get I find that happiness is an extremely uneventful subject.” It might not be rich in its story-telling devices like her earlier music’s tales,  but it is her, an endearingly honest grappling with life and livelihood and the sheer complexity of living, and there is certainly something hopeful to take away from that.

Jamie xx co-produces Florence + The Machine’s new single, ‘Big God’

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Jamie xx and fellow Young Turks artist, the modern jazz maestro Kamasi Washington, have co-produced Florence + The Machine’s new single, “Big God.”

Enveloping and soulful, led by Florence Welch’s billowing vocals, “Big God’s” production is joyfully simplistic. With a driving piano at its heart, “Big God” is a congregation of sounds in the trio’s own sonic house of worship. Stripped of most of Jamie xx’s characteristic electronic tendencies, save for subtle drum padding, Washington’s jazz accents and Welch’s anthemic soul shine brightest on the new collaboration.

Of course, this production doesn’t mark the first time Jamie xx has taken on a tune outside of his electronic wheelhouse. Celebrated for his work with The xx, as well as his unique revising of Florence + The Machine’s “You’ve Got The Love,” as well as inventive takes on Adele, Jack Peñate, Glasser, and more.

Florence + The Machine will drop their impending new album, the highly anticipated High As Hope, on June 29. The record features credits from Emile Haynie — known for his work with Kanye West and Kid Cudi — as well as Sampha, Andrew Wyatt, and others.

Jamie xx co-wrote Florence + The Machine’s new single, ‘Big God’

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Jamie xx

Jamie xx and fellow Young Turks artist, the modern jazz maestro Kamasi Washington, have teamed up for Florence + The Machine’s new single, “Big God,” which Jamie xx co-wrote.

Enveloping and soulful, led by Florence Welch’s billowing vocals, “Big God’s” production is joyfully simplistic. With a driving piano at its heart, “Big God” is a congregation of sounds in the trio’s own sonic house of worship. Stripped of most of Jamie xx’s characteristic electronic tendencies, save for subtle drum padding, Washington’s jazz accents and Welch’s anthemic soul shine brightest on the new collaboration.

Of course, this production doesn’t mark the first time Jamie xx has taken on a tune outside of his electronic wheelhouse. Celebrated for his work with The xx, as well as his unique revising of Florence + The Machine’s “You’ve Got The Love,” as well as inventive takes on Adele, Jack Peñate, Glasser, and more.

Florence + The Machine will drop their impending new album, the highly anticipated High As Hope, on June 29. The record features credits from Emile Haynie — known for his work with Kanye West and Kid Cudi — as well as Sampha, Andrew Wyatt, and others.

Watch Ryan Adams & Florence + The Machine Play The Voice Season Finale

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Ryan-Adams-on-The-VoiceNot that long ago, it seemed genuinely strange to hear the words “Ryan” and “Adams” right next to each other on a big singing-competition show. In 2011, the American Idol contestant Paul McDonald sang a shuffling, Rod Stewart-esque cover of Adams’ “Come Pick Me Up” on the show, and it seemed like a … More »

Life is Beautiful returns in 2018 with a comprehensive, star-studded fifth anniversary line-up

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Life Is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival is set to return to downtown Las Vegas with another comprehensive line-up, September 21–23, 2018. Now in it’s fifth year, the festival boasts some of the music world’s most sought-after headliners in The Weeknd, Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine, DJ Snake, ODESZA, N.E.R.D, Deathcab for Cutie, Tyler, The Creator, and Justice.

If this group of star-studded talent doesn’t somehow tickle the ear drums, there truly is something for every musical taste this year. Also gracing the bill in 2018 is Bastille, Cold War Kids, Foster The People, and Wolfmother for the rock-minded music seekers. As the music industry’s most rapidly growing genre, rap and hip-hop is also well represented on the bill in Miguel, A$AP FergT Pain, and more.

Of course, electronic artists continues to dominate the event with trap extraordinaires RL Grime, What So Not, DVBBS, tropical house saxophonist Sam Feldt, rising star Elohim, Galantis, CHVRCHES, Alison Wonderland, Cashmere Cat, Gramatik, Lane 8, Party Favor, and Chet Porter.

Tickets go on sale April 26th, with general admission passes starting at $295 + fees. All information can be found on the Life Is Beautiful website.

Denver’s Grandoozy festival finds inaugural headliners in Kendrick Lamar, Florence and the Machine, Stevie Wonder

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The co-creators of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, Superfly, have dropped a ‘doozy’ on Denver.

The collaboration of festival founders led to the foundation of Grandoozy, slated to host its inaugural edition at Overland Park Golf Course in Denver, Colorado from September 14–16, 2018.

Grandoozy has secured Kendrick Lamar, Florence and the Machine, and Stevie Wonder as event headliners. The festival will also see a variety of cross-genre artists play, including The Chainsmokers, Logic, Ty Dolla $ign, Miguel, and The War on Drugs.

Grandoozy

Grandoozy will additionally offer attendees a range of culinary options, including craft beer and cocktails. The first-time event will also organize a series of outdoor experiences, like an 80’s themed ski lodge.

Those interested in purchasing tickets to Grandoozy can choose between GA and VIP pass options, beginning Friday, March 23, here.

H/T: Consequence of Sound

Empress Of Shines Through Gleeful Send-Off Track, ‘Go to Hell’ [Stream]

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If any rising indie pop artist deserves to release a send-off track as gleefully blunt as “Go to Hell,” it’s Empress Of–the one woman project Berklee grad Lorely Rodriguez created as an outlet for her incisive wordplay and self-produced soundscapes. “Go to Hell” is an effervescent takedown laid over a refreshing blend of barbed hooks and gritty beats. Playing on the word “hell,” Rodriguez achieves a tone that is as sweet as it is sour, shifting from a damning “They can go to hell” to a self-deprecatory “hello I am no one” within moments. The single boasts a truly ingrained chorus fitting for an artist who has opened for the likes of Kimbra and Florence + The Machine and received major industry acclaim from publications like Pitchfork.

“Go to Hell” is an empowering, yet playful bit of pop served with a smirk. Take a listen to the single above, and be sure to be on the lookout for new music from this emerging talent.