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.

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Kavinya Monthe Ndumbu: on debut single “Unlucky”

Crushingly beautiful and oozing with musical references such as Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys and Snoh Aalegra, Unlucky is a love song by Kavinya.


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 ...


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. ...


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 ...


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 ...


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, ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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. ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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, ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Ginevra Di Marco: San Niccolò’s songbird

A smile so contagious that you can’t help but smile back, a voice so expressive that each note becomes a timeless story: San Niccolò resident Ginevra Di Marco is a ...


Jazzing up Florence

As summer fades and office days return to the norm, Florence’s Estate Fiorentina shows no sign of shying away from showing our city a good time. The latest new entry ...

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