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.
November 30, 2018

Brilliant friends: Mademoiselles Sarabande

December in Florence offers the perfect tinsel-touched backdrop for fairytales, and the marvelous story of female piano duo Mademoiselles Sarabande seems to pop off of a printed page. Inseparable since childhood, Carlotta Forasassi and Elettra Capecchi look at the world with wide-eyed enthusiasm and tickle their instrument with the same confidence of long-time friends, reinterpreting […]
October 19, 2018

Psychedelic Florence: Go!Zilla at Glue

Florence turns paisley as local music heroes Go!Zilla take to the stage tomorrow evening at Glue Alternative Concept Space, with an opening set from rock marauders Dust & The Dukes. After years of touring, they are finally presenting their latest release “Modern Jungle’s Prisoners” in their hometown and local expectations are high. The Florentine had a chance […]
October 11, 2018

Tune-up: autumn music events in Florence

After months of open-air clubbing, al fresco concerts and aperitivi overlooking the Arno banks, we’re here to demystify the local music scene as our city takes its nightlife indoors. From underground to mainstream, October’s musical calendar is rife with opening parties, season launches, one-shot events and special guests. As temperatures drop and precipitations turn from […]
September 11, 2018

From seedling to harvest: Redtree Groove

In the depths of our cobblestone jungle lies a slowly expanding musical ecosystem that we tend to regularly here at The Florentine. Over the past three years, young Florence-based band Redtree Groove has been twisting its vermillion branches toward the light, landing prizes aplenty and dropping their very first album, As We Burnt the Last Tree, […]
June 8, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]