Fitz and the Tantrums | Photo by Nataworry Photography
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Recipe for Success: 3 cups soul, 2 cups pop, ½ cup indie rock; ½ cup ’60s and ’80s nostalgia; pinches of sugar, spice, everything nice; mix in large bowl, spread into baking dish, bake for 60 minutes at 450 degrees. Sprinkle with gemstones [preferably diamonds or rubies]. Serves millions.
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We’re no scientists here at CityEats, but we believe that Fitz and the Tantrums were sent in a time machine from a far-off land, where music was still something that crackled on record players, and fans still danced and screamed until they passed out at live shows.
The Los Angeles-based sextet — featuring Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick (lead vocals, keyboards), Noelle Scaggs (vocals and percussion), James King (brass, multi-instrumentalist), Jason Karnes (bass), Jeremy Ruzumna (keys) and John Wicks (drums/percussion) — is a sight to behold. We caught them in New York City’s Central Park a few summers back, and were wowed by their gigantic sound and super-fun stage presence. They also exuded a James Brown-like hard-working vibe; they weren’t just killing it, they were also an uber-tight musical unit.
We’d suggest starting with their debut album Pickin’ Up the Pieces (2010) and giving it a few spins; then check out this year’s follow-up, More Than Just a Dream. We pretty much guarantee you’ll feel like dancing within a few tracks (and if you add a cocktail or two, you may fall in love with the person sitting next to you).
CityEats caught up with the band’s powerhouse singer, Noelle Scaggs on a tour stop in Richmond, VA. A major foodie, Scaggs knows her New York City restaurants — and is a big-time football fan. Her team? Think cheese. Keep reading…