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ART + CULTURE

The Arno: a thoughtful companion

Struggling with the billowing undercurrents of a life-threatening illness, at the beginning of the 2000s British scholar and contemporary musician Stephen Davismoon found shelter in the waters of Tuscany’s Arno. ...

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Ripples, rocks and rolls

The Florentine’s flood issue is throbbing with history and drama, and although there are raging waters ahead, where there’s disaster often lies poetry. Dance as the water and words envelop your ankles ...

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Andrea Bocelli

Opera tenor Andrea Bocelli is a global superstar who today would rank high up in any list of famous living Italians. As classical music’s top-selling artist, with over 80 million ...

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A Tuscan at the court of the indie queen

Royal ranks might be wasted on rock, but we can do no other than give PJ Harvey what is PJ Harvey’s and recognize her unwavering role in indie’s ruling class. ...

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8 up-and-coming bands in Florence

As Tuscan vineyards glow in the last rays of the summer sun, weighed down with grapes, Florence is crawling with the juicy promise of emerging talent, bright debuts and young ...

Lifestyle

Farewell to Hearth and Home

It was early 2010 when I first heard this poetically melancholic name: Farewell to Hearth and Home. At the time, I was organizing a series of lo-fi folk concerts and ...

Lifestyle

The Florence symphony

Besides its unique look and unmistakable beauty, what is it about Florence that stimulates our senses and intellect and captures our hearts like nowhere else? That is the question that ...

THINGS TO DO

Where to hear jazz in Florence every day of the week

Duke Ellington once said that jazz is a good barometer of freedom. Over the years, the genre has spread its wings over Florence, breathing life into a new generation of ...

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The singer among the strangers

  Simon Batten’s stirring folk-tinged voice and dreamy melodies have made their way through our hearts and onto our pages. Three years after his debut album ‘Unsettled Weather’, the Oxford-born ...

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Music producer Populous unveiled

Andrea Mangia aka Populous is a musical mystery. Looming over the international scene as a luminescent Italian beacon, he’s a pioneer when it comes to exporting more than la bella ...

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Interview with Max Weinberg, drummer for Bruce Springsteen

Weinberg performing at the Cortona Mix Festival   “The screen door slams, Mary’s dress sways, Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays…”   I’ve written ...

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Interview with Adam Duritz of Counting Crows

Having been a Counting Crows fan since 1993, I was thrilled last November when I finally got to see them live in Italy. The Californian band played a two-hour concert in Padua to a sea of adoring Italian fans (plus a couple of Americans). Between songs, lead singer Adam

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The best summer music festivals in Tuscany

Summer in Florence is not only about gelato that drips down the side of your coppetta, bathing by the Pavoniere pool in the Cascine and escaping the city for the balminess of the coast. It’s about exploring Tuscany’s lesser-known sights and sounds. Here is a

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Live Music in Florence in June 2015

  Looking for live music in Florence? Here are The Florentine’s picks for June. For updates and more music events, check out TF Weekly, updated every Thursday. Crocodiles    IDM ...

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Live music in Florence in May 2015

Mezzosangue @Combovia Mannelli 2, May 2Check out this Italian hip hop artist, in Florence for one concert this season, presenting his new album ‘Soul of Supertramp.’   Dub Inc @Flogvia Michele Mercati 27/a, May 7A reggae/dancehall night with an international lineup: Dub Inc, acclaimed French reggae

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Florence music labels

What one doesn’t suspect while exploring the city’s medieval alleyways and Renaissance piazzas is that Florence was also once the hotbed of one of the most irreverent and creative underground movements in popular music history: post-punk. A little over 100 years after Florence’s

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Rocking to ragtime

Seventy five people celebrated St. Valentine in style at a dinner-dance held at St. James Church on February 12-and in the process raised more than 1,000 euro for a good cause.   Organized by the American International League Onlus (AILO) of Florence, the party raised funds for

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Arturo Toscanini

The twentieth century's great conductor, Arturo Toscanini, was born in Parma on March 25, 1867, the son of a music-loving tailor who spent much of his time fighting in Giuseppe Garibaldi's republican forces. Blessed with a prodigious memory-which would later enable him to remember the entire

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