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RAPTURE PLAY LIST– Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Death Cab for Cutie, Florence and the Machine, The Decemberists and more!!!

The Decemberists, Calamity Song

Florence and The Machine, Rabbit Heart (Raise it Up)

Doves, Kingdom of Rust

Howling Bells, Cities Burning Down

Nirvana, Come as You Are

Death Cab for Cutie, I Will Follow You Into the Dark

Fleetwood Mac, Landslide

R.E.M., It’s the End of the World as We Know It

The Smiths, Panic

Metallica, Nothing Else Matters

Smashing Pumpkins, Drown

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Florence and the Machine at House of Blues, October 31: concert review

About halfway through the one hour set, Florence Welch said: “We really are a Halloween themed band. With songs about hell, coffins, werewolves, blindness . . .” And she’s so right the dark lyrics are perfect for what is supposed to be a sinister type of holiday but is all about candy. Doom and gloom made palatable, lovely. Darkness and light intertwined in a band’s music has always been my favorite type of music. Artists such as Lush, Curve, Mistle Thrush, Dido and now Florence and the Machine do it so well. Florence came out dressed as a dead rag doll and the rest of the band wore skeleton costumes. I pretty much knew it would be a great show. At times it was like watching a Shakespearean stage performance with fairy-esque dancing and harp playing combined with keyboards and drums. The arrangements of Florence and the Machine’s songs prove fitting for a live performance. The band presents each song in such a unique way. Other times, I felt a very pagan ceremonial presence and other times just an effervescent quality. Florence has powerful, exquisite vocal range. The heavy beats mix with her lilting vocals in a purely exotic manner. Techno beats turned “Drumming Song” into pure drama. Florence puts her heart into her singing. The dynamic live arrangements translate directly into the crowd’s energetic response. The lovely and eerie “My Boy Builds Coffins,” the bold “Kiss with a Fist,” the aching “Bird Song,” luscious “Cosmic Love” and infectious and seductive “You’ve Got the Love” were show highlights. The band performed its live premiere of a new song called “Strangeness and Joy,” where the bridge is accompanied by the mesmerizing sound of harp. Florence then said: “This is the start of our American tour and I can’t think of a better way to start than in Boston.” The set ends with perhaps the most upbeat song, “Rabbit Heart,” infectious with its energy and attitude. The encore consisted of three songs including the hit “Dog Days are Over”—all twisty and potent. Boston loves Florence and the Machine and the band loves Boston.

Florence and the Machine performs on SNL on November 20.

additional tour dates:

New York, NY
Terminal 5

New York, NY
Terminal 5

Toronto, ON
Sound Academy

Oakland, CA
Fox Theater

Los Angeles, CA
The Wiltern

Los Angeles, CA
The Wiltern

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