Of all the U.K. songstresses who have crept their way up the U.S. Billboard charts the past few years, Florence Welch may be the only one with real staying power. Given the success of her critically acclaimed and impressively refined debut album Lungs, few could have imagined she’d be able deliver such a satisfying follow-up as Ceremonials. Sure, the upbeat hooks of singles like “Shake It Out” and “Bedroom Hymns” may be a bit unnerving for fans who’d prefer she stay off the airwaves. But fortunately, it doesn’t look like Americans will be latching on to her with the same intensity as the almighty Adele anytime soon, thank god. Before wrapping up her U.S. tour at the end of the month and hitting the studio to begin conception of her third album, the folksy pop goddess will be unleashing her ethereal wrath on the Susquehanna Bank Center. It’ll actually be her first time performing around these parts since she filled the Festival Pier and laid a smack down on their notoriously shitty sound system in June 2011. In fact, if you can’t afford a ticket, just chill somewhere along the riverfront, as her beautifully haunting voice is likely to reverberate across the Delaware.
Tues., Sept. 18, 7pm. $25-$90. With the Weeknd + the Maccabees. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. livenation.com
PW's Music Issue 2014