May is looking to be a great month for concerts, made all the better by the one-two punch of Feist and Florence + The Machine at Radio City Music Hall. These two distinctive vocalists are playing respective shows, the first week of May. Catch Feist on May 5th and Florence on May 8th. Get your tickets soon, as these two ladies are sure to perform to sold-out crowds!
Feist, formerly of seminal indie band Broken Social Scene, has been making solo albums for a few years now, layering her sweet, subtle vocals upon a bed of folk and indie pop. Best known for songs like "1234" and "My Moon My Man," Feist has begun enjoying crossover success as more and more people begin to realize what talent she possesses.
2011 has been an incredible year, sartorially speaking. From Anne Hathaway's eight costume changes at the Academy Awards to Diane Kruger...well, whenever the woman puts on clothes, a few of the ladies that didn't make the cut were this close. Ultimately, we decided that the criteria to make Joonbug's "Top Looks of 2011" list lay within three very simple (and very visible) requirements: originality, memorability and game-change factor. Once we began to whittle down our large list, we found that very few looks - no matter how much we loved them - fit these requirements.
The Grammy nominated singer and band, Florence + The Machine, will head back to the studio in April or May.
Guitarist Rob Ackroyd has mentioned the possibility for setting up an entire month of recording in Abbey Road. Abbey Road is where The Beatles did most of their recording.
The electrifying singer and band have also released news of their upcoming spring tour. Their first stop of the tour will be at Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. The tour makes stops in Berkley and Los Angeles, California, Apple Valley Minnesota, Chicago, Illinois, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Boston, Massachusetts, New York, New York, Orlando, Florida, and ends in Atlanta Georgia.
Award-winning singles, a fiery voice and lustrous red hair are just a few of the things that Florence Welch has to offer. The theatrical sparkles and sheer, drapey layers of her on-stage style are some of the other things about Florence that catch my attention.
She's a rising fashion icon, setting the stage for many trends that are transitioning from summer to fall. Longer dress lengths are making way for brisker temperatures, and darker floral prints complement the earlier night skies. These, paired with bold, anatomical jewelry draw inspiration from Florence and the Machine's latest album, Lungs.
A quick welcome to my new weekly column (and that was it if you missed it) and now lets get down to business.
And business it was last week especially for all the stores that participated in Fashion's Night Out, but more of that in a minute, first I want to talk about the sharp end of fashion week, the shows. I kicked off this season by taking a strut down to West Broadway to check out the new collection from Prince Peter, that cheeky little character talent who seems always to hang with the hippest and best looking people on the planet. As usual his show was full of great looking things draped in his designs and the liquor was free-flowing and plentiful which was a result for me because I then got a chance to eat it off by going in to see my old mate Kevin, the Maitre D at Balthazar which was, needless to say, filled to the brim as usual .
Sunday's MTV 2010 Video Music Awards more or less pushed any type of celebrity scandals aside for one night and really focused on what was most important: the music. The night started off with Eminem 8 mile style with a special appearance by Rihanna for their Love the Way you Lie collaboration, which was expected. Some other artists to take the stage included Justin Bieber, Usher, Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars, Florence and the Machine and Drake and Mary J. Blige.
Last year's disastrous 'Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time' moment came to a close as Taylor sang Still an Innocent that was directed to Kanye West. A playback of last year's microphone stealing scene was presented right before her performance. West took a different approach. Kanye ended the night with his song Runaway. He didn't speak out about the actual Swift incident but his lyrics were pretty telling. By singing 'I always find something wrong, you've been putting up with my (bleep) too long' it was obvious that he was owning up to his behavior. Have to say, the three ballerinas during his set was a nice touch. One would think it was to represent Swift herself.
Florence Welch has enjoyed an amazing start to her career. At 23 and with only one album under her belt, she has gained the praises of critics and the general audience in Europe and in America. Even for an outsider, Florence and the Machine's first years seem to be have passed extremely fast: in 2006 they played their first gigs and started building a fan base in small London venues, the following year they headlined the 1-2-3-4 Shoreditch Festival, in London, and in 2008 they made their debut at the most important music festivals in the UK scene (in the world, perhaps, too): Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, and T in the Park. If you haven't heard Florence sing, those credentials alone are enough to impress you, and once you listen to ‘Bird Song', ‘Dog Days Are Over', or ‘You Got the Love', all questions of her talent aptitude are removed: Instant-fan conversion.