Rachel Syme

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Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine 2015

Billboard Cover: Florence Welch on Bouncing Back From a Near-Breakdown and the Life-Changing Advice Taylor Swift Gave Her

When Florence Welch, the charismatic frontwoman for orchestral rock band Florence & The Machine, performs, she takes on a regal, shape-shifting, almost androgynous form, prowling around the stage with Mick Jagger’s louche gait one moment, then twisting her arms into witchy spirals like Stevie Nicks the next. Welch, 28, will use her long, delicate fingers to air-pick a harp, as if she is coaxing the notes out from the instrument with a magic spell.