Rock & Pop

Live 105's Not So Silent Night

When: Fri., Dec. 9, 6 p.m. 2011

Leggy, red-haired, and tattooed, English diva Florence Welch could probably get plenty of mileage from her looks alone, even if she weren't a terrific singer. Yet Welch has both things going for her. The fierce 25-year-old balladeer launched her career singing at art collectives and "squat parties," where she competed with drunk carousers and rinky-dink sound systems. Despite having a light and feathery speaking voice, she often characterizes her singing persona as "baroque" or "primal" -- and it shows. For someone who can seem so diminutive in person, Welch is capable of near-operatic heights in performance. She performs with her rather large backing band, The Machine, at Live 105's 2011 edition of Not So Silent Night, which also stars fabulous Nineties alt-rock group Jane's Addiction, as well as Mumford & Sons, Bush, and Young the Giant. At Oracle Arena (7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland) on Friday, Dec. 9. 6 p.m., $39.50-$59.50. Coliseum.com

Rachel Swan

Price: $39.50-$59.50

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