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.
July 8, 2019
NEWS

LGBT+ tunes from Italy

Rainbows don’t have a beginning or an end. That’s what makes them the most representative symbol for a love that defies gender, sexuality and all preconceived notions. Like love, however, rainbows do require very special conditions to appear in their full seven-arched splendor. We took a dive into Italy’s indie scene to fish out just […]
March 1, 2019
LIFESTYLE

Josephine Foster at Circolo ARCI Il Progresso

American singer songwriter Josephine Foster has tried on many hats over the years, studying opera and classical repertoire, teaching singing, even performing at funerals. When asked about her past, the Colorado-born chanteuse replies, “All my life chapters have been small but significant. Teaching as well was never full time nor my vocation, though I love […]
January 19, 2019
LIFESTYLE

Silence is the space: Stefano Tamborrino AKA Don Karate

Multi-instrumentalist Stefano Tamborrino dives headfirst into the New Year, mastering albums and deadly moves under the moniker Don Karate. His debut album I Dance to The Silence was released on cassette by Rous Records on December 28. We got a kick out of its eclectic vibes while interviewing the Mr. Miyagi of waxing poetic.   […]
November 30, 2018
LIFESTYLE

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
LIFESTYLE

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
LIFESTYLE

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
LIFESTYLE

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
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 […]