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In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on what’s going on sonically in their hometowns. This week Tommaso Colliva of Calibro 35 gives the scoop on Milan, Italy.

Bands Worth Watching

Iori’s Eyes

Two young hipsters (a boy and a girl) playing indie and electro music with minimal instrumentation and a lot of attitude. They’ve been one of the best indie acts of last years, and they just released their self-released second EP, Matter Of Time, a few months ago. They will play Mi Ami Festival at Circolo Magnolia in the next few weeks.


Four guys from Porto Alegre, Brazil, moved to Barcelona, Spain, and started busking Beatles and original songs with toy instruments in a public park. An MTV music supervisor noticed the band and brought the guys to Milan to record their first album, Banana À Milanesa. They just released their second LP, the self-titled Selton, and thanks to their multilingual approach (they sing in Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese), they now have a good following in Italy, Spain, Portugal and the native Brazil. If you like the Beach Boys, Vampire Weekend and Caetano Veloso, check them out.

Fuzz Orchestra

This radical improvisation guitar, drums and lo-fi electronics trio may remind you of A Place To Bury Strangers and other avant-garde acts. Noisy, really loud and brutally powerful combo, the Fuzz Orchestra gained its popularity playing squats and other hardcore venues all over Italy, Europe and the U.S. Please note there’s a good chance to see the drummer finishing his concert almost naked.

The R’s

Playing music that crosses genres and eras, from rock ‘n’ roll to garage rock to indie pop and psychedelic folk, defining the R’s (formerly the Record’s) music is not simple, but we guarantee they rock. They come from Brescia, just outside of Milan, and they had their live U.S. debut at SXSW earlier this year.

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