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05 Jun

Fitz and The Tantrums will launch an extensive North American tour tonight at WorkPlay Soundstage in Birmingham, AL. In addition to its headline dates, the band will play a two-night stand with Dave Matthews Band at New York’s Jones Beach Amphitheater (6/12 & 13), join Ben Harper at the Santa Barbara Bowl (6/30) and the Hollywood Bowl (7/1), and make its return to Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre for a Fourth of July show with Blues Traveler. Fitz and The Tantrums will also perform at numerous festivals (including Bonnaroo and Outside Lands). See dates below.

For a limited time, the band is giving away a five-song EP at The collection includes live versions of “Don’t Gotta Work It Out,” “L.O.V.,” “Rich Girls” and “MoneyGrabber,” all recorded at the House of Blues in Boston, plus “Breakin’ The Chains of Love Brand New Karate World Remix.”

The band – comprising Fitz (vocals),Noelle Scaggs (back-up vocals/tambourine),James King (saxophone), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards), John Wicks (drums) and Joseph Karnes (bass) – is currently at work on the follow-up to 2010′s Pickin’ Up the Pieces, which spent 73 weeks on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, peaking at No. 1. Produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83, Depeche Mode, Phoenix), the yet-to-be-titled sophomore album is scheduled for release on October 9 on Dangerbird Records. Fans can follow the band’s progress in the studio at

“Their debut effort, Pickin’ Up the Pieces (Dangerbird), bursts with danceable hooks,” said The New York Times while Esquire praised it as “positively infectious.” “This proudly guitar-less sextet of soulful Angelenos throw a sparkling pop gloss on a familiar Motown sound,” said Rolling Stone, which awarded the album three-and-a-half stars and featured the band in its “Hot List” issue. Fitz and The Tantrums were named a “You Oughta Know” artist by VH1 and views for the video for the hit single “MoneyGrabber” have surpassed three million. You can check out the clip here

Fitz and The Tantrums made their debut in December 2008, playing their first show at Hollywood’s Hotel Café. Based on the strength of their five-song 2009 EP, Songs for a Breakup, Vol. 1, they soon found themselves appearing on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” touring with Maroon 5 and signing with Dangerbird Records, which released the band’s full length debut in 2010.

Since the release of Pickin’ Up the Pieces, Fitz and The Tantrums have completed two sold-out U.S. headline tours and appeared at numerous international music festivals. They’ve appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Conan,” “Last Call with Carson Daly” and “The Rachael Ray Show” and their songs have been tapped for the films “Friends with Benefits” and “Horrible Bosses” as well as hit television shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds,” “Desperate Housewives” and “90210.”

Fitz and the Tantrums – Upcoming Tour Dates

6/5 Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Soundstage
6/6 Greenville, SC @ The Handlebar
6/8 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
6/9 Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
6/10 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
6/12 New York, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheater w/Dave Matthews Band
6/13 New York, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheater w/Dave Matthews Band
6/14 Buffalo, NY @ Thursday at the Square
6/15 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
6/30 Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl w/Ben Harper
7/1 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl w/Ben Harper
7/3 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
7/4 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/Blues Traveler
7/5 Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads
7/6 Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
7/7 Minneapolis, MN @ Basilica Block Party
7/20 Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
7/22 Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
8/11 San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music Festival
9/6 Amherstburg, ON @ Fort Maiden Park
9/20 Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Center for the Performing Arts
9/21 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
9/23 Gulf Shores, AL @ Deluna Festival

04 Feb

Fitz and the Tantrums performed “Don’t Gotta Work It Out” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Check out the video below and pick up their album Pickin’ Up the Pieces on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD, Vinyl

28 Nov

Fitz and the Tantrums, hot off a blistering fall tour, which wrapped last week with 3 sold out nights at Chicago’s Metro and was highlighted by a sold out show at New York’s Terminal 5, bring it on back to NYC with a sold out New Year’s Eve show at the Gramercy Theatre. The band will finish a tremendous year with a show on December 30th at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel & Casino, then head to New York City to toast in 2012. The NYE Gramercy Theatre performance will be a worthy alternative to braving the heaving crowds uptown at Times Square and one final dance party for 2011.

In addition to the NYE show, the band just announced they will kick off the year with a string of West Coast dates to include shows in Denver, Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco, among others. See the full list of confirmed dates and venues below.

Fitz and the Tantrums have much to celebrate this New Year’s Eve, coming off a simply amazing year of non-stop activity which included packed out tours and festival shows stateside and abroad, late night TV appearances, accolades from the press, nods from prominent industry pundits and finally, 100,000 units sold of their debut album, Pickin’ Up The Pieces (Dangerbird Records).

FATT’s last visit to NYC included a well-covered roll-up on Zuccotti Park for a stripped down performance of the band’s first single, “Moneygrabber” and “Dear Mr. President” much-appreciated by the Occupy Wall Street protesters, band frontman Fitz saying, “We are not anti-capitalist but we are not in support of an untethered Wall Street without regulations and without the Glass-Steagall act that protected our society after the great depression up until the 1980′s. We Need Reform Now.”
Catch Fitz and the Tantrums on The Rachael Ray Show on December 20th performing their latest single, “Don’t Gotta Work It Out.”

11/30 – San Diego, CA – KPRI Holiday Soiree, Balboa Theatre
12/04 – Fort Myers, FL – WINK Almost Acoustic Christmas, Hammond Stadium
12/06 – Bloomington, IN – Bluebird Nightclub
12/30 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel & Casino
12/31- New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
1/15 – Denver – Ogden Theatre
1/17 – Boise – Knitting Factory
1/19 – Vancouver – Commodore Ballroom
1/20 – Seattle – Showbox at the Market
1/21 – Seattle – Showbox at the Market
1/24 – Portland – Roseland Theater
1/26 – San Francisco – Regency Ballroom
1/28 – Lake Tahoe – Harrah’s/Stateline Resort

08 Nov

By Laura McWhorter

They say good things come in threes. Chipmunks, amigos, Austin Powers movies… In keeping with this rule, Fitz and the Tantrums will be making their third appearance of the year in Boston this Friday, November 11th. The L.A. outfit has been mercilessly touring for 15-months in support of their breakout album, ‘Pickin’ Up the Pieces’ and each time the show only gets better. We had the pleasure of catching up with Michael ‘Fitz’ Fitzpatrick last week to talk about the touring, the fans, the tunes and…Katy Perry?

I caught you guys at the WFNX show at Paradise Rock Club. That was a really great show.

Yeah that show was crazy. That was the loudest crowd we’ve ever had. I think we were all kind of stunned. I walked out off stage and I knew we were booking a fall tour and I called our booking agent and I said, ‘We’re gonna need a bigger venue next time,’ and he says, ‘I don’t know…’ and I was like, ‘Trust me.’

Do you adjust the stage show for these bigger venues?

No. We always put on that same show whether we’re literally in a 200-person club or playing at Lollapalooza. We always try and put on a big, extroverted, fun show. The only thing that changes is the bigger the stage, we might have to move around a little more across the stage but we really always try to put on the same show.

Do you prefer smaller venues or the bigger stages like the Lollapaloozas?

No, those are fun and incredible and definitely dreams come true but I will always love a hot, sweaty nightclub. Just that energy at like Paradise Lounge…you just can’t contain that in the same way in an outdoor setting on a big stage. There’s a lot more people but there’s just something about when everyone’s packed into that venue. There’s just nothing like that.

Are there any venues you wanna play that you haven’t had a chance to yet?

I grew up in L.A. so for me a dream come true would be to get to play the Hollywood bowl at some point. I would not be mad at that.

How do you get ready for a tour? You’ve been touring for a long time. Are there things you do to keep things fresh and make sure it’s always dynamic and different?

We’re always trying to push the show more. We’ve included new songs in the set. We’ve added some cool covers. Just for us, I think the nature of the way that we play the songs – we’re not just playing them perfect arrangement on the record. Every night has an improvisational element to it in terms of somebody’s doing a solo, someone has a bari sax breakdown…So, every night has a unique thing. It’s never gonna be exactly the same format so that always keeps it fresh for us and forces everyone to keep themselves on their toes.

Speaking of covers…can you give any spoiler alerts for any new covers on this tour?

I don’t know if we did it the last time but we do a ‘Steady as She Goes’ cover. Did we do that?

You did indeed. I danced like a moron to that one.

Yeah, that one we had just started to introduce. That was one of the first shows we did that. We’ll probably do that again and see if we can come up with a new one as well.

Are there any other artists you’re bumping right now to yourself?

We have this band that we’ve got out on the road with us called Walk the Moon that we really love – just loving their music…They’re definitely a band that we’re super into. Tune Yards is another band that James, our sax player, turned me on to that everyone’s really digging.

What’s the most embarrassing thing on your iPod?

Extraterrestrial by Katy Perry. It’s a good pop song. I think more people like it than admit.

Not unlike Miss Perry…you guys are blowing up pretty quickly this last year alone. When you win a Grammy…who’s the first person you thank?

Without sounding cliché…really would just have to thank the fans. Because although it seems from the outside that our ascension has been really fast, we’ve also been just working our asses off for three years straight … And we started to get more mainstream exposure in the last 8-9 months but really before that it was just about fans that were passionate telling five of their friends and dragging them all to the next show and converting them and them telling five people. That really has been the only reason that we’re having this success – real music lovers, real people, finding out about us…falling in love with our music and having this need to just tell everybody about us and we haven’t asked them to do that and it’s been incredible.

You guys are one of the more gracious bands that I’ve been able to interact with. What goes through your minds when you play a huge show and it’s the loudest crowd you’ve ever seen like at Paradise? Is that something you get used to?

I think it’s a matter of staying grounded and staying appreciative. And we as a band from the very beginning it was important to all of us to be humble and appreciative. We’ve all been in the business for quite some time and we all know what a good fortune this moment is. And it’s really hard to ever get to this level. Most people will never see this moment so it’s really important for us, as people, to just be very grounded and never forget that every day is a gift. And I think that people really respect us even more. They love our music, they love our performance and our musicianship…but they respect us as human beings and that’s equally as important to us.

In 20 years, if people only remember Fitz and the Tantrums for one song… Which would you be proud for it to be?

So hard to say! They’re all our babies and we love them equally. So hard for me. I feel like I’d be hurting the feelings of my other songs. If I had to pick one it would probably be ‘Don’t Gotta Work it Out’ or ‘MoneyGrabber’. Hmm…’Don’t Gotta Work it Out.’

I said in my review of their most recent show at Paradise Rock Club that you should see these guys. Now’s your chance, kids. They’ll be at House of Blues Friday and unless you can think of a better way to spend your Friday night than having a great time dancing along to great music with great people…I can’t stress enough how much you don’t want to miss out. Have I ever steered you wrong before? (Note: I know I usually write reviews and I’ve never technically ‘steered’ before…but you just kind of have to trust me.)

24 Oct

The special download of “Don’t Gotta Work It Out,” Fitz And The Tantrums‘ brand new single, is a show of appreciation to fans. The song will be available gratis, starting today on the band’s official site: throughout the duration of their fall tour, which kicked off this past Saturday in Charleston, SC and wraps with 3 SOLD OUT dates at The Metro in Chicago on November 19, 20 and 22.

What’s more, the “Don’t Gotta Work It Out” video, which premiered last week on VH1’s Top 20 Countdown, can now be seen regularly on the outlet, who, supportive from the get-go, handed the band You Ought Know honors back in March.

See here the “Don’t Gotta Work It Out” video here:

“Don’t Gotta Work It Out” is the second single from Fitz And The Tantrums’ debut album, Pickin’ Up The Pieces on Dangerbird Records.

“We are very excited to have started our fall headline tour this weekend. As a thank you to our fans we are giving away our new single “Don’t Gotta Work It Out” for free on our website. We want as many people as possible to hear it and spread it.” -Fitz

Since the album’s release, Fitz And The Tantrums have enjoyed incredible success particularly with its first single, runaway radio hit “Moneygrabber,” a song FATT performed on Last Call With Carson Daly, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Conan Show, Lopez Tonight, and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the list goes on. In between, they’ve received accolades from Spin, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone, who will feature FATT in their “Hot Issue” due out on stands on October 28th.

All along, the band has been set to an unyielding touring agenda cementing their status as one of the hardest working bands around. Their shows have prompted ear-to-the-ground folks like pop culture phenom, Perez Hilton and no-frills music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz to take note: Lefsetz saying, “Get clued in. You want to be able to tell your buddies you were there first. Before the whole country goes Fitz and the Tantrums crazy”; and Perez simply posting, “Oh hell to the yes!” after catching the band’s Lollapalooza performance in July.

Fitz And The Tantrums fall tour dates are as follows…

Saturday, October 22 Blackbaud Stadium Charleston, SC
Sunday, October 23 Bijou Theatre Knoxville, TN
Monday, October 24 Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN
Wednesday, October 26 House of Blues Dallas, TX
Thursday, October 27 House of Blues Houston, TX
Friday, October 28 Voodoo Festival New Orleans, LA
Saturday, October 29 Center Stage Atlanta, GA
Sunday, October 30 The Social Orlando, FL
Tuesday, November 01 Culture Room Fort Lauderdale, FL
Wednesday, November 02 The State Theatre St. Petersburg, FL
Thursday, November 03 40 Watt Club Athens, GA
Friday, November 04 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC
Saturday, November 05 The National Richmond, VA
Monday, November 07 Mr. Smalls Theatre Pittsburgh, PA
Tuesday, November 08 Chameleon Club Lancaster, PA
Thursday, November 10 Terminal 5 New York, NY
Friday, November 11 House of Blues Boston, MA
Saturday, November 12 TLA Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, November 13 9:30 Club Washington DC
Tuesday, November 15 Beachland Ballroom & Tavern Cleveland, OH
Wednesday, November 16 St. Andrews Hall Detroit, MI
Friday, November 18 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
Saturday, November 19 Metro Chicago, IL
Sunday, November 20 Metro Chicago, IL
Tuesday, November 22 Metro Chicago, IL

02 Sep

Fitz and the Tantrums performed “Don’t Gotta Work It Out” on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Check out the video below and pick up their album Pickin’ Up the Pieces on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD, Vinyl

12 Aug

As part of MSG Network’s weekly “Summer Block Party- Music Fridays Powered by Fuse”, MSG has teamed up with Indie NYC powered by Baeblemusic to highlight some of the hottest indie bands from legendary venues in and around New York City. Readers who have the MSG Network and didn’t make it to Lollapalooza can view Fitz & the Tantrums’ Atlantic City show in its entirety, tonight at 1AM!

The band performs “Money Grabber” as well as other top tracks from their 2010 album, Pickin’ Up The Pieces. And don’t miss Swedish Indie Rock band, The Sounds, on next week’s edition!

Watch a clip of “Don’t Gotta Work It Out” below

29 Jun

By Laura McWhorter

I’m a crier. You name it…it makes me cry. Dog dies in a movie? Waterworks. Little girls playing with their dads at the park? Pass the tissues. Old man eating alone at T.G.I.Fridays? Don’t even get me started. Rock and roll shows? I’m usually okay. That was until last night when Fitz & the Tantrums brought the house down (and me to tears) at Paradise Rock Club as part of WFNX and Amstel Light’s Alternatour.

If there was any doubt that Fitz & the Tantrums were about to blow up before last night…it’s certainly gone now. The completely gratis show had was set up on a first come, first serve basis and experienced an astonishing draw of concert hopefuls. The line from the club extended a block and a half (in Boston we have big blocks) full of people all hoping see the show but who wouldn’t even see the door. I feel a certain responsibility as a music fan to do my best to describe it for them now.

It was one of those shows. You know the ones. The ones that make you feel personally lucky for having been there. The ones that leave you lightheaded and shakey. The ones where you can’t tell who had more fun – the fans or the band. The best kind. FATT (what a horrible acronym…) have been lauded as ‘the band to watch’ time and time again since their debut album ‘Pickin’ Up The Pieces’ came out and I’d like to disagree. They’re without question the band to SEE. The Los Angeles indie-soul six-piece brought an energy to the small venue the likes of which I’ve never seen. We’re always told to ‘pace ourselves’…that ‘it’s a marathon and not a sprint’. Apparently, Fitz missed that memo and we happily paid the price. They kept the crowd dancing, clapping and screaming like nutcases from the openers: ‘We Don’t Gotta Work It Out’ and ‘Winds of Change’ to the hotly anticipated ‘Money Grabber’ encore. Michael Fitzpatrick (vocals and namesake) and Noelle Scaggs (vocals and tambourine) were constantly demanding action and returned the favor ten fold. The 16-song set featured tracks from not only their debut studio effort but also tracks from their first EP, some new stuff and a couple really fun covers.

Listening to their record, the sound is so big that it’s easy to forget all of the individual components that make up your favorite tracks but let me tell you…that is most definitely not the case in their live show. You almost don’t know who to pay attention to because all six of them are putting on remarkable performances. James King and Joe Karnes brought that infectious soul on sax/flute and bass (honestly. Who doesn’t love a good flute solo?). If there is one…you always notice the sax player but it’s (usually) easy to overlook the bassist but Karnes and his complex strumming command attention. Not to be upstaged, John Wicks and Boston-born Jeremy Ruzumna gave us all a little bit extra to tap our toes to on drums and keys respectively. Notice anything missing? Yep. Guitar. Fitz ain’t havin’ it and honestly…they don’t need it. I didn’t even notice until I got home. They all come together with a perfect synergy and a flashy guitar would throw it all off.

They hit all the high notes you would expect with ‘Breakin’ the Chains of Love’, ‘Rich Girls’ and ‘L.O.V.’ and while those were all fantastic there were a few standouts that took the cake. After about 45 minutes straight of dancing, they finally slowed it down a bit with the regret-laced ballad, ‘Tighter’. As if the song wasn’t already amazing enough the sheer relief of relaxed swaying made it that much more awesome. While Fitzpatrick crooned the painfully beautiful song a somber mood fell over the crowd. Happily married, single or otherwise, in that moment we all felt what he felt when he wrote it – I think we all melted a little. The most special moment of the night, however, came after the politically-charged ‘Dear Mr. President’. The crowd was on a major high after this track and were bombarding the band with their appreciation. It was so loud I don’t think they could’ve started the next song had they wanted to. Clearly taken aback by this display, they just stood in awe for a few minutes. It was at this moment that I was reduced to a sniveling little girl because so moved were Fitz and his Tantrums that Michael and Noelle actually began to cry. It was a quiet moment set within a tremendous roar and something I’ll never forget. That kind of gratitude is not something you see everyday. They’re one of the hardest working bands right now and you can tell they credit the fans with every rung they make up the ladder.

Finishing with all of that ‘teary bullshit’, they kicked it into overdrive to finish the set with new track ’6AM’, the ever angry ‘News 4 You’ and an incredible cover of Annie Lennox’s ‘Sweet Dreams’.

The performance hearkened back to a simpler, less serious time in music that’s since been forgotten. It was retro without being contrite. The band had incredible charisma and presence that had nothing to do with ego or fame. And they do it all effortlessly, tirelessly and gladly. They promised to come back in the fall and I will most certainly be there with bells on. If they come to your city definitely make the time. Bring the Kleenex. You might need it.

03 Jun

MTK: Music To Know Festival presented by BingTM announces daily line-ups:

Saturday August 13: VAMPIRE WEEKEND, Matt & Kim, Tame Impala, M. Ward, Tom Tom Club, We Are Scientists, Francis and the Lights, Suddyn, and Nicos Gun.

Sunday, August 14: BRIGHT EYES, Cold War Kids, Chromeo, Ra Ra Riot, Dawes, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Naked and Famous, The Limousines, and the Young Empires.

18 of today’s most critically-acclaimed and successful new, emerging and well-known bands. The festival will be held at Runway 4 in East Hampton. The music begins at noon each day, ending at 10PM.

In addition to the weekend package rates, MTK announced this week that a limited amount of Single Day tickets went on sale Tuesday for $110.00. Two Day tickets are also available for $195. Two Day VIP passes can be purchased for $645.

Tickets are available for purchase through the MTK Website: .

Tickets are also available at these east end retail locations:
Montauk: 668 Gig Shack, Sole East;
Amagansett: Indian Wells Tavern;
East Hampton: Khanh Sports & Eyewear, Nichol’s Restaurant;
Sag Harbor: Sylvester & Co., New Paradise Cafe;
Southampton: Flying Point;
Westhampton: Jetties Surf.


$195 for weekend pass.

$110 limited amount of tickets available for Single Day General Admission Pass

Two-day passes for admission to the festival grounds: 18 bands; food tent and fashion/lifestyle retail area.

Please note: in addition, a $6.00 service charge per ticket and a $2.50 credit card processing fee will be charged at the time of purchase.


MTK offers a limited supply of VIP passes for sale. This exclusive offering includes admission to two separate VIP tents, outdoor private viewing garden area, a private viewing deck, and air-conditioned premium bathrooms. Both tents feature special programs throughout the day with alternating schedules in- between music sets — from fashion shows to unique or intimate musical performances, large viewing screens, and much more. Free parking on-site ($80 value)

More About MTK: Music To Know Festival

Founded by Chris Jones, owner of Sole East Hotel in Montauk, and screenwriter Bill Collage, MTK presented by Bing delivers two days of cross generational music and presents 18 of today’s best and brightest bands plus fashion, lifestyle, chefs, wines and beers to know. MTK represents great music – this is Music To Know.

According to Co-Founder Chris Jones “The Hamptons are a unique market to say the least — full of decision makers, trend setters, and taste generators who have always been eager to embrace the best and the brightest in our culture — whether that is in literature, film, fashion or music. We are excited to bring this collection of artists together in our community, and hope this is the first of many annual events.”

MTK teamed with Downtown Music and RCRDLBL ( to Co-Produce the event. As media partner, RCRDLBL assisted in the lineup’s curation, and will supply the festival’s digital marketing component. Downtown CEO and RCRDLBL Chairman Josh Deutsch said, “Downtown and RCRDLBL are pleased to partner with the MTK team to curate such an incredible lineup featuring some of today’s most exciting and innovative artists. And we are especially excited to bring the event to such a unique and special place as the Hamptons – one of the most vibrant cultural communities in the country.

Several retail/lifestyle pop-up shops will be announced in the coming weeks.

To support the local community hosting the festival, MTK has pledged to give $100,000 to East Hampton-based charities payable prior to the festival to ensure the recipients receive the funding. Charities will also be being given space on the sight to promote themselves, encourage further donations and to get people involved. The list of charities to receive the money will be announced in the coming weeks.

Exclusive media partners are Hamptons Magazine and WEHM 92.9/96.9 Progressive Radio for Long Island.

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