Florence & the Machine, Holy Hail | House of Blues | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Mon., April 12, 7 p.m. 2010
Price: $21, $18 in advance
The winner of the "Trend You Wish Would Go Away" category in Pitchfork's 2009 year-end Reader's Poll was a category that basically included all the British girls who've broken out in the wake of Lily Allen. As much as I agree when it comes to Little Boots, Florence & the Machine didn't belong on the list. Singer Florence Welch belongs on another one, a short one populated by the eccentric likes of Bjork and Annie Lennox. She has a hurricane voice, like a cabaret singer reborn as a soulful foghorn, and her mighty band is a match for it. Her latest, Lungs (Island), is now on its third stateside single and still making a little headway, but in the UK it's the most acclaimed and awarded record of the last few years—and rightly so. —Jessica Hopper



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