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Florence and the Machine

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The bluesy South London crooner Florence Mary Leontine Welch writes songs that occupy the same confessional territory of gossip-loving, genre-bending contemporaries like Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Lily Allen, blending murder, mayhem, sweetness, and light into an intoxicating brew that earned the young artist considerable buzz in 2007. Managed by the Camden-based DJ duo the Queens of Noize, Florence and the Machine — usually featuring Welch accompanied by a single guitar player and occasional drummer — released their debut single, "Kiss with a Fist," on the Moshi Moshi label in June 2008, followed by the full-length Lungs in summer 2009. [AMG James Christopher Monger]