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 15, 2021

Fanfara Station: music all over the map

It’s a sunny afternoon in May when I virtually meet up with Fanfara Station band members Marco Dalmasso, Charles Ferris and Marzouk Mejri, the larger-than-life trio that is bringing the power of a brass band and electronics to North African vocals and percussions. As their faces appear on my screen in checkered sequence, their backgrounds tell […]
May 20, 2021

All the lost albums

When Boccaccio’s ten-person brigata flocked to the isolated countryside during the plague, music set the rhythm to their days, acting as a cure-all for the biological and the social body. Fast-forward to 2020 and Italy once more sought refuge in song during lockdown as the internet buzzed with balcony hits and uplifting moments of collective […]
November 12, 2019

Rocking the cradle

What’s the very first song that you can remember hearing as a child? I recall looking at the tape sprockets hypnotically spinning inside the family stereo, the reels clicking and whirring as the transport mechanism spun through my mother’s record collection. There was something deeply ritual about the sound’s physicality, how it filled the room […]
July 26, 2019

Ghiaccioli e Branzini during Florence Folks Festival

Marco Dalmasso, aka Ghiaccioli e Branzini, is an unchained spirit, a musical time traveler who’s not afraid to mix the past, the present and possible futures in his colorful world-inspired tracks and DJ sets.     An active member of local cultural association La Scena Muta and part of the artistic direction committee behind BUH […]
July 8, 2019

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

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

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

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 […]