Author: Michelle Davis

American dad, Italian mom, and so the story goes. After a childhood spent in the golden foothills of California's Yuba County, Michelle Davis left the United States and somehow magically ended up in Florence. Named after The Beatles' song, music has always been an important part of Michelle's life and she's a firm supporter of Florence's indie scene.
June 8, 2018
LIFESTYLE

A stellar festival season in Tuscany

When summer hits, Tuscany turns into a bona fide festival-goer smorgasbord. June through September, music fills the landscape, rocking the rolling hills with everything from beachside grooves to high-altitude piano performances. Don’t miss out on a chance to plan a road trip and cut your teeth on the region’s fun-filled events calendar.     June […]
May 4, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Music for unmade movies

On a warm Sunday afternoon, as the first sun of the season cut through a week of desponding rainfall, I had a sit-down with musician Andrea Pirro, frontman and driving force behind City Final. The now Florence-based band, having shed many skins and dwellings over its decade-long existence, recently dropped its latest LP “Anecdotes” on […]
March 13, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Musical spring pickings

As the belle saison approaches, our ears request pleasure first. Put spring in your step with record releases in 2018 from Tuscany’s ever-flourishing indie scene. Since they surfaced in 2015, millennial quintet La Notte has been sending critics and fans aflutter with their alchemical use of indie-rock guitars and heartthrob lyrics—perfect if you want to […]
March 9, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Byetone makes his Florence debut

It was 1999 when in a small town of former DDR Germany Olaf Bender, Frank Bretschneider and Carsten Nicolai decided to join forces and create Raster-Noton, a record and network focused on investigating the grey areas between pop, art and science. The three went on to become the shining stars of Germany’s minimal electronic scene […]
January 31, 2018
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When music moves mountains

The word mountain takes on manifold metaphorical roles with singer-songwriter Sam Amidon’s latest release, The Following Mountain (Nonesuch records). Like wild peaks, the melodies meander in spurts of intensity, a beautifully balanced soundscape of jazz-tinged folk. Like mountains fixed in time, legendary musical giants Milford Graves, Sam Gendel and Shahzad Ismaily guided Amidon towards higher […]
January 11, 2018
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Reclaiming the duchy of Florence’s rock scene

When I met up with Florentine desert-rock trio Dust & the Dukes, they had just won the coveted national Rock Contest Controradio, an event held yearly in Florence seeing bands from all over Italy compete for the chance to receive funding for musical projects.     Frontman Gabriel Stanza, guitar tamer Enrico Giannini and drummer […]
November 30, 2017
LIFESTYLE

Tuscany’s top 12 albums in the year 2017

As December whisks by and we ready our glasses to toast to the New Year, I’ve come up with a selection of 12 albums. Yes, 12, not 10, one for each month of the soon-to-be-gone 2017 to celebrate the cream of the crop of Tuscany’s 2017 music yield. Whether you’re looking to cement your Florentine […]
November 6, 2017
LIFESTYLE

Pulling over and parking up

A UK study states that, on average, we spend a full four days a year searching for a parking space. Excruciating and at times expensive, especially in Florence with its diktat of blue, white and yellow stripes, the scouting has done some good however, inspiring musical monikers and setting the tone for out-of-the-box songwriting. Hot […]
November 5, 2017
LIFESTYLE

Naomi Berrill’s new album is out

Following up her first release, From the Ground, Naomi Berrill is ready to present her second musical endeavour To The Sky. As both titles suggest, the Irish singer-songwriter’s inspiration lies in the elements of nature which she evokes with her cello and voice in beautifully arranged compositions. Between folk, jazz, baroque, classical and pop, her […]
October 2, 2017
LIFESTYLE

My San Jacopino

When the time came to leave the Oltrarno, my home for over six years, I was torn. The small medieval appartamento had started to feel too small and showering above the toilet seat (a detail that hadn’t much bothered me in my no-fuss twenties) had gone from quirky to quacky. I loved being in the […]