Ep.460 – Florence and the Machine @ The Greek Theater – Los Angeles, CA – 06/13/11

Poppinoff Jun 15th, 2011 | By
Category: Florence and The Machine, Greek Theater, The, Los Angeles, Video Concert Reviews

I have heard a lot of talk about how amazing Florence and the Machine is, but I have only listened to bits and pieces of their songs, as their music was a bit too slow for my taste. The main driving force to check them out live was that they had recently sold-out the Wiltern and a few other venues around LA, and then managed to sell out two nights at the Greek. Selling out two nights at the Greek is a difficult task for almost any band, especially a band that is just touring in support of their debut album.

Florence and the machine

Photo by: Lynae Cook

Florence and the Machine @ The Greek Theater
Video Concert Review

The Greek Theater was fantastic, as always, and Florence and the Machine sounded fantastic. The power of Florence’s voice was outstanding and captivated the crowd throughout the entire show. The drummer provided a killer cadence and made me feel as if I was hearing Florence’s heart beat during almost every song. The band also included a harp, which in addition to Florence’s voice, outfit and graceful movements, made this show very dream-like.

I didn’t know many of the songs that Florence and the Machine performed, but I enjoyed the show regardless. The Florence and the Machine songs I did know were “Drumming Song,” “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up),” and “Dog Days Are Over,” all of which I thought they performed live flawlessly.

My favorite part of the set was when Florence and the Machine performed their new song, “What the Water Gave Me.” This was only the second time that Florence and the Machine had performed this song live, and they nailed it. I thought “What the Water Gave Me” was a great sign that Florence and the Machine are maturing musically and are beginning to produce a higher quality sound.

Nothing against the music Florence and the Machine have previously produced, as that is awesome as well. I’m just excited to see what they have in store for us in the future.

Florence and the Machine @ The Greek Theater 06/13/11 Setlist

  1. My Boy Builds Coffins
  2. Between Two Lungs
  3. Cosmic Love
  4. Heavy in Your Arms
  5. Blinding
  6. Ghosts (Acoustic)
  7. Hurricane Drunk (Acoustic)
  8. Drumming Song
  9. You’ve Got the Love (The Source cover)
  10. What the Water Gave Me
  11. Howl
  12. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
    Encore:
  13. Strangeness and Charm
  14. Dog Days Are Over

 

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The crowd that Florence and the Machine brought out was a great one.  Everyone was very cool and seemed to know almost all of the songs.  The one thing that kind of bummed me out was that in the section I was sitting, no one wanted to stand up and dance or even sway around.  This wasn’t the case in the front section of the venue, which looked as though everyone was at a dance party. At one point during the show, Florence tried to get the entire crowd to jump up and down. It took a few tries, but eventually she was able to get the crowd to hop around.

Florence and the Machine put on a great show, and I would definitely see them again.  Florence did an amazing job at singing and interacting with the crowd.  Although they only had 14 songs to play, they didn’t rush through the show and managed to keep me entertained for a solid hour and a half, which is something that a lot of bands with only one album aren’t able to do. 

Make sure to check out Florence and the Machine if you have the chance, and if you have seen her, be sure to comment on this post and let us know what you thought.

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