Posted in music | pictures on October 28, 2009

photos by Paul Birman

Holly Miranda & Matthew Caws / Florence & the Machine
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"Dressed in flowing white, Florence spilled to the stage with her black-clad band, The Machine. Opening with "Two Lungs," Welch exploded into to chorus. She didn't need all of the considerable orchestra, including the harp, to vibrate the floor of a completely packed Bowery Ballroom. With the Island Records crew stuffed into the balcony, Welch flitted around the stage, pushing her elbows back and popping her chest out like some mechanical and delicate bird. She repeatedly pointed at us, directly, to emphasize elements of her story, only to cover a smile with her hand. She is emphatic and wilting, if these two things are possible at once." [32Ft/Second]
Florence & the Machine headlined Bowery Ballroom and appeared on Letterman last night (10/27). Video from the latter below. It was all part of a short trip for the band who also played the Fader party at Ace Hotel on Saturday and a private show at Soho House on Monday.

Opening the show, coming off a couple of more public CMJ appearances and a recent XL Records signing announcement, was Holly Miranda who was backed by none other than Nada Surf. Nada Surf plays an acoustic show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (10/28).

More pictures, including a show of Florcence's setlist, and the above-mentioned video, below...

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Comments (14)

the Nada Surf show tonight changed to full on electric

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2009 11:40 AM

who likes this major label UK fake rock pap? you can only dress up a turd so much..

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2009 11:43 AM

is that Kickball Katy?

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2009 11:48 AM

Nose-ring? It's 2009.

Lots of sullen-looking girls there.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2009 12:03 PM

To confirm what the first poster said, this is from Nada Surf's MySpace page:

Music Hall of Williamsburg-Update
Nada Surf will now be doing a full on, electric, rock and roll show on Wednesday, Oct 28th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=17088936&blogId=515418992

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2009 12:08 PM

Who was the dude with the surfer cut in Holly's band? He isn't in Nada Surf.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2009 12:11 PM

wow i was pretty annoyed by the camera action at the show... but the pics do look fucking good - but on a sidenote... if you use a flash... go to the fucking front... b/c your flash fucking blinds the ppl in front of you... (bounces of ppls backs)

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2009 2:37 PM

Good photographers don't shoot flash at concerts. They bring lenses that are fast enough to shoot in low light. Then they maybe at most, take a couple of flash shots just on case everything else turns out crappy.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2009 2:43 PM

2:43 amen. Paul didn't use flash, and you can tell. They are quite excellent pics. And they are successful, now I regret not being at the show. Next time I'll go to Florence for sure.

Posted by ryan | October 28, 2009 2:52 PM

How can there be a post about Florence and the Machine playing Letterman...and yet no mention of Julian Casablancas on Conan last night? He rocked his set, and the new album is amazing!

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2009 4:29 PM

God, these pictures are heavenly. Thank you.

Posted by Samira | October 28, 2009 7:34 PM

Paul's pictures are divine. I shall send everyone I know to this page to gaze at them.

Posted by geek | October 29, 2009 2:18 AM

Why was Mandy Moore there with her nose ring?

Posted by Clayton. | November 9, 2009 3:04 PM

That picture with her hair up is sooo cool. As if she's possessed!

Posted by Thorpe Park Address | May 30, 2010 9:25 AM

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