Florence Welch: Record taught me about myself

Musician Florence Welch insists her new album is about a lot more than romance.
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The Medici Renaissance in Florence – Dawn Dubriel

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The Medici Renaissance in Florence

Dawn Dubriel

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: November 24, 2013

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The Medici Renaissance in Florence tells the story of how a few men in search of ancient knowledge ignited a new age of enlightenment they called the Renaissance based on rediscovered ancient and classical manuscripts. The age of Humanism, as it was called, celebrated the talents and abilities of man, creating our modern age as it is today, a time of science, art and writing, architecture, with freedom of inquiry, exploration and self-expression. The Medici bankers as patrons of the arts and sciences, collected and studied the ancient manuscripts of Egypt, Greece and Rome and disseminated the information throughout their community of Florence, building the "bella citta." The Butterfly effect of this revival of hidden information ignited the shaping of the Western world as we know it today.

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Florence And The Machine Announced As Headliner Of 2016 Poland’s Open’er Fest

Florence + the Machine have been announced as the first headliner for next year’s Open’er Festival, which goes down in Gydania, Poland from June 29 – July 2. The appearance marks the first headlining appearance from Flo at the fest. Four day tickets to the festival are available now. The 2015 Open’er fest featured headlining appearances from Disclosure, Drake and more.
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Florence And The Machine Headline Oya Festival

Florence and the Machine hit the stage for a headlining set at the Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway earlier this week. They took the stage on day two of the festival and joined an impressive list of headliners including Father John Misty and Run the Jewels. The appearance came at busy time for Florence.
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Florence Welch Comes Face-To-Face With Herself On ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’

After a “period of unraveling,” Welch looked inwards to create Florence and the Machine’s new album, a sharp left turn from the raucous energy on which the band has built its name.

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Watch Florence + The Machine’s Stunning New Double-Feature Video

Florence + The Machine have shared the stunning, cinematic new video for ‘Queen of Peace/Long & Lost.’
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Florence And The Machine Cover Foo Fighters At Glastonbury

Florence and the Machine paid tribute to Foo Fighters, the band they replaced at the 2015 Glastonbury Festival, with a cover of their song “Times Like These.” The English rock band were placed into the headlining slot after the Foos were forced to drop off the bill due to frontman Dave Grohl‘s broken leg.
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Florence + the Machine Returns to No. 1 on U.K. Albums Chart

Florence + the Machine’s headlining appearance last Friday night (June 26) at Glastonbury Festival helped How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful…
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After Dave Grohl took a pretty massive spill onstage and broke his leg at a recent show in Sweden, Florence + the Machine stepped in as a last minute…
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Florence + the Machine: MTV Unplugged – Florence + The Machine

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Florence + the Machine: MTV Unplugged

Florence + The Machine

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 12.99

Release Date: January 1, 2012


Stripping down her heavenly sound to the divine essentials, FLORENCE + THE MACHINE release her MTV Unplugged Album. This marks a landmark milestone for FLORENCE + THE MACHINE. Not only is she continuing a tradition popularized by legends including Paul McCartney, Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill and Oasis, she's bringing listeners even closer to her rapturous sound in an acoustic setting. This special night was recorded in New York, NY and is the latest chapter in the iconic MTV Unplugged series created by Robert Small and Jim Burns. The set list boasts favorites from both of her Universal Republic Records releases—her gold-selling debut Lungs and its critically acclaimed follow-up 2011's Ceremonials. There's a hypnotic rendition of her breakout double platinum single "Dog Days Are Over" as well as a chillingly beautiful cover of Johnny Cash and June Carter's "Jackson" featuring Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures singer Josh Homme. In addition, she gives a wonderful take on Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness" for this performance. The show's intimate audience even included Kanye West and Q-Tip. With three of her band members in the fold and a ten-piece New York Gospel choir, it was an utterly majestic evening for FLORENCE + THE MACHINE. FLORENCE + THE MACHINE's magic comes through loud and clear Unplugged.

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Bonnaroo Day 4 Recap: Florence + the Machine Dazzles, Billy Joel Closes Out Fest

Bonnaroo 2015 is in the books. Sunday — the fest’s fourth and final day — was a little tamer than the days before it, since the crowd…
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Florence And The Machine Score First Number One Record

Florence + the Machine have scored their first number one record after moving 137,000 units of How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful in its debut week. The LP bumped A$ AP Rocky out of the one spot on the Billboard 200. “What Kind of Man,” the lead single, peaked at number eight on the Alternative Songs chart, and number seven on Hot Rock Songs.
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Florence and the Machine land third UK No.1 album

Florence and the Machine tops album charts while Jason Derulo still rules atop the singles. Francis Maguire reports.


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Ceremonials – Florence + The Machine

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Ceremonials

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Genre: Alternative

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Release Date: November 1, 2011

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Lungs – Florence + The Machine

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Lungs

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Genre: Alternative

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Release Date: July 7, 2009

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World Cafe Guest DJ: Florence Welch

Florence + The Machine’s charismatic lead singer spins some of her favorite music.

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How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful – Florence + The Machine

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How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Florence + The Machine

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: June 2, 2015

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How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Deluxe) – Florence + The Machine

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How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Deluxe)

Florence + The Machine

Genre: Alternative

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Expected Release Date: June 2, 2015

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Florence Welch Opens Up About Advice Taylor Swift Gave Her That Saved Her Life

Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine went through a rough patch so severe, she thought she would ultimately have a breakdown.

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15 Iconic Front Women Who Rewrote the Beauty Rules: From Tina Turner to Florence Welch

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“The girl anchors the stage, sucks in the male gaze, and depending who she is, throws her own gaze back into the audience,” writes Kim Gordon in her recent book, Girl in a Band. The legendary Sonic Youth front woman, who celebrates her 62nd birthday today, has done plenty of kohl-rimmed gaze-throwing in her decades commanding an audience. The sooty eye makeup is just one of the ways that Gordon has managed to set herself apart from the men she shared a stage with. “I . . . did everything possible to maintain an identity as an individual within the band,” she explained. Aside from mastering bass and vocals (not to mention a penchant for penning impactful no-wave lyrics), she also employed a grunge, but unquestionably feminine beauty equation—involving a calculated swipe of red lipstick and, in her words, “dumb[ing] down my middle-class look by messing with my hair.”

It’s a hair and makeup tactic that also worked for front woman Debbie Harry, who emphasized her angular bone structure with exaggerated blush and stage-ready eye shadow. No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani took the experimental glam approach and ran with it, donning every style from bantu knots to pink, blue, and bleached-blonde hair. But not all female leaders of the band are eager to look so feminine. Patti Smith admittedly borrowed from the boys, famously “machete-ing [her] way out of the folk era” by cutting her jet black hair to resemble Keith Richards’s choppy crop. And psychedelic singer Janis Joplin didn’t mind blending in with the flowing air-dried hair and makeup-free faces of her bandmates, her fearless voice was enough of a standout. In honor of Gordon’s birthday, a look back at the best girl-in-a-band beauty.

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How to Score Florence Welch’s Coachella Beauty Look

The music fest might be over, but we still can’t get over the performer’s onstage glow. Makeup artist Kirin Bhatty explains how we can achieve her look, too.
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Ouch! Florence Welch Breaks Her Foot Jumping Off Stage at Coachella

Florence Welch can't just shake this off, unfortunately. The Florence + the Machine singer revealed today that she didn't escape her epic Coachella set this past weekend unscathed—in fact, she broke her foot when she jumped off the stage! "I'm so sorry to say, that after what was one of my favourite shows ever at Coachella, I have discovered I have broken my foot from leaping off the stage," Welch lamented on the band's Facebook page, complete with a psychedelic pic of a foot X-ray. "Unfortunately while this heals, my performances will have to be somewhat stripped back." "I'm so sorry, I'm pretty devastated, but I still want to do the shows," the persevering English artist continued. "I understand this is not what you were expecting, but I hope its just as enjoyable. I'm going to try and make it super special for you." It's OK—your fans will forgive you if you can't go barefoot a handful of times!"By the time Glastonbury rolls around I should be back on my feet," Welch concluded. "This album was so much about making something from what was broken, so lets see what we can do with this."All my love, Florence." The lineup for the 2015 Glastonbury Festival—taking place June 24-28 in Pilton, England–was just announced today, in fact, with Florence + the Machine front and center along with Kanye West, Foo Fighters, FKA twigs, Pharrell Williams, Azealia Banks, Lionel Richie and more. The resting-the-dogs days have just begun, but we wish Ms. Welch a speedy recovery!
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The Pitti Uomo Diaries: Florence is Where the Heart Is

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Giancarlo Giannini with Solis String Quarter and Peppe Servillo, reading from Salvatore Ferragamo’s memoirs at Palazzo Spini Feroni in Florence

The past few days for me have been heavy. I’ve searched my soul for personal thoughts about the attacks in France and have still to figure out how I feel. I know I’m sad, I find the events tragic and discouraging, but beyond that, I don’t know.

Then, just as I was trying to make sense of it all through social media, and tweeted “#JeSuisAhmed,” I was called a “useful idiot” on Twitter, by a 60-something Pakistani-Canadian author with a pot belly. I am used to insults from young trolls with faceless avatars by now, but this was a published writer, a man who has a hefty following of equal haters, many of whom quickly retweeted his comment. For all I’ve written, for every step I’ve taken in trying to stay away from typical media negativity and inspire those who read my thoughts to watch films and read books as means to understand the Arab world better (in my opinion the easiest and only solution for the sake of humanity) I felt defeated.

And just then, at that crucial moment, that’s when a couple I call my angels of inspiration came to the rescue. Lisa Chiari and Roberto Ruta are a Florence-based duo in life and work who never cease to amaze me. They are the International Press and Italian Press Relations, respectively, for Pitti Imagine, which this week has infused Florence with the style of Pitti Uomo. Beautiful fashion, wandering around my home city, the food and hospitality of this place, and seeing Lisa and Roberto turns out to be exactly what my weary soul needs now. Right now.

2015-01-13-IMG_06771.jpg My journey started with a train. It’s been years since I’ve taken one in Italy, I’ve grown accustomed to air travel. But flights were completely booked up on the day I wanted to set off and the train turned out to be an economical and very satisfying experience. Trains in Italy aren’t what they used to be when I was a child, that’s for sure. These days they are called things like “Red Arrow” and “Silver Arrow”, are fast, on time and full of well behaved adults — except for the one Italian man with the loud ringtone and even louder timber who thankfully sat at the other end of my car.

Once in Florence, I headed off to my favorite restaurant. It’s probably the kind of place they had in mind when they wrote the theme song for Cheers “… Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.” The immediate hospitality of the folks at La Casalinga is the reason the restaurant has been a Florentine institution for the most informed clientele since I was a child. But people keep coming back for La Casalinga’s decently priced, home-cooked style food and great atmosphere. Whenever I set foot in this magical reign of great nourishment, ancient patronage and exquisitely familiar ambiance I feel like I’ve returned to my city, my place and most importantly, my identity. As one stylish woman in her seventies said to her fur clad equally charming friend seated at the next table, by herself, “here one is never alone.” I toasted silently to the luxury of eating a meal by myself, enjoying every explosion of taste and my surroundings, uninterrupted.

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My grandfather Hans Rothe wrote in his book Shakespeare Provocateur that Italians and foreigners view Italy differently. He made the example of how a Florentine interacts with the constant flow of artistic masterpieces that he or she passes every day on the streets of the city, at once owning it all and nonchalant. But a Swede, for example, sees the beauty, and savors the artistic intention of the various craftsmen that “decorated” it. I consider myself lucky that I view Florence with both sets of eyes. I walk its streets knowing instinctually where I’m going, what I’ll be passing soon, but my NYC upbringing and long time spent away make for a discovery here at every corner. I stop, stare, get lost in the beauty of this city, which in my very biased and humble opinion, possesses no ugly perspective, or unattractive views.

The Pitti Uomo related events kicked off with an evening performance at the Salvatore Ferragamo headquarters, inside Palazzo Spini Feroni, of “L’eleganza di una vita: Storia di un gentiluomo d’altri tempi.” It was a reading by Italian acting legend Giancarlo Giannini, accompanied by Neapolitan songs sung by Peppe Servillo and the Solis String Quartet, of Ferragamo’s memoirs Shoemaker of Dreams: the Autobiography of Salvatore Ferragamo.

The excerpts read described the journey of this master shoe designer, from his humble beginnings in Bonito, near Naples — as the eleventh of fourteen children — to the first two pairs of shoes he made (for his sister’s First Communion) his setting off for America, where he stated “I felt at home the moment I arrived.” Finally, to his settling in Florence for his work and life, with his wife Wanda. The most touching part of the evening was Giannini reading Ferragamo’s retelling of his first meeting with his future wife, how he fell in love with her, while Wanda Ferragamo herself sat in the front row, listening. I imagined the thrill, and sorrow, of hearing her praises written by her deceased husband, immortalized forever in his book. Read in the husky voice of Giannini, who was nursing a cold thus adding to his charm, was thrilling and touching.

2015-01-13-cioccolatiniferragamo_thumb1.jpg Afterward, cocktails and chocolates in the form of Ferragamo’s most recognized silhouette, the “Rainbow” platform created for Judy Garland in 1938, welcomed the guests, while the third generation of Ferragamos, embodied by the handsome James, played host of the evening in their boutique.

The evening finished beautifully at Il Santo Bevitore, a gourmet restaurant that combines the best traditions of Italian food style. I stand corrected, Florentine food style. Growing up in this alimentary paradise lays the foundation for great food habits that last a lifetime. The idea that the biggest meal of the day should happen at lunchtime and the evening should instead comprise of some charcuterie, cheeses and maybe something small and warm like a soup, has been my saving discipline. Forget food pyramids and fad diets, the Florentines have had it right for centuries and this restaurant, run by chef Pierluigi Campi, does it perfectly. With some truffle-infused pecorino, a bowl of hot pumpkin soup that simply nourished my soul, I rediscovered that home will always be… where Florence is.

I look forward to the upcoming days of style with highlights including “Cloakroom”, a performance by Tilda Swinton and Olivier Saillard, and Pitti Uomo’s guest designer Marni.

Top image courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo SpA, used with permission.
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Get Married in Spectacular Ceremony at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence

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Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Are Married In Over-The-Top Wedding In Florence

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are finally married!

The couple tied the knot in an over-the-top ceremony at Florence’s 16th-century Forte di Belvedere on Saturday, May 24. The New York Daily News reports that the couple officially said “I do” around 6 p.m.

The outdoor ceremony was held against a backdrop of multiple walls of flowers, and guests included the Kardashian-Jenner family, Brittny Gastineau, Lala Anthony, Jonathan Cheban, Blac Chyna, Tyga, and Jaden Smith, among others.

Of course, the couple’s entire wedding weekend has been beyond over-the-top. Their pre-wedding dinner was held at the Palace of Versaille on May 23, where Lana Del Rey performed three songs, magician David Blaine mystified the crowd and guests were able to explore the palace freely as they enjoyed caviar and Ace of Spades champagne.

It seems like just yesterday Kardashian and West were grabbing ice cream in New York City back in April 2012, prompting the media to wonder if their new relationship was nothing more than a showmance — but here we are.

After just over a year together, the couple welcomed their first child, North West, in June 2013, before an October engagement. Much like the couple themselves, their engagement was a much-talked about event. The 36-year-old rapper surprised Kardashian at San Francisco’s AT&T Park as the field’s jumbo screen flashed with the words, “PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!”

Today, a million wedding rumors later, Kimye is officially married — and you’re going to have to excuse us because we have some celebratory drinking to do.
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