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Forget Gaga, Clarkson, or Pink. In the final years of the last decade, if you wanted passionate, clever, kick-your-ass-in-and-out-of-the-bedroom female singer-songwriters, you were best off heading across the pond, where Kate Nash, Lily Allen, and Adele could mop the floor with their American counterparts. Enter Florence Welch, of Florence and the Machine. With a voice echoing the sorrowful grace of Annie Lennox backed by a soulful, heavy rhythm section, Florence is wise and stoically woeful, a foil to the faux-Cockney swagger of Nash and Allen. Joining Florence & Co. is Aussie rockers the Temper Trap, who recorded the chirpy song from “(500) Days of Summer” that you’re ashamed to love.
FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE PERFORMS WITH THE TEMPER TRAP AT 7 P.M. AT THE 9:30 CLUB, 815 V ST. NW. $20. (877) 435-9849.