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Fitz and the Tantrums take The Fillmore back to the last days of disco

Fitz and the Tantrums | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | <a href=http://brotherlylost.com target="_blank">brotherlylost.com</a>
Fitz and the Tantrums | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

With kaleidoscopic disco lights and a neon-lit stage setup very reminiscent of the movie Tron, the sound that Fitz and the Tantrums brought to The Fillmore on November 12th was everything but futuristic.

Sticking to a performance of energetic pop funk and jazzy Soul Train vibes, the Los Angeles based band came out to the stage in full dance mode opening with “Get Right Back,” the perfect intro that set the scene for a night of crowd involvement. The chemistry between lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick and singer-percussionist Noelle Scaggs would be intimidating on any dance floor. The two vocalists did not stop moving the entire night, taking frequent pauses from singing to break into choreographed dance numbers while saxophonist, James King and drummer, John Wicks transformed songs like “Complicated” and “L.O.V.” into clap-heavy jam sessions. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: New Sound Brass at Johnny Brenda’s, Harmony Woods at Milkboy, Atmosphere at TLA and more

New Sound Brass | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN
New Sound Brass | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Johnny Brenda’s is getting a taste of Bourbon Street tonight with headliners New Sound Brass. Expect ample doses of funk and soul with a touch of rock if they happen to perform one of their renowned covers of tracks by powerhouses like Black Sabbath and Bon Jovi to name a few. The Key was able to get up close and personal with these Philly musicians at a studio session at the end of September. Country/rock outfit Jim Mitchell and the Repeat Offenders are also scheduled to play tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. Check out the WXPN Concert Calendar for more information on this 21+ show, and listen to the audio from their session at The Key below. Continue reading →

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Download a free Firefly fest mixtape ft. Fitz & The Tantrums, Robert DeLong, Arkells, Guster and more

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Fitz and the Tantrums | photo by Joseph Cultice | courtesy of the artist

Firefly Music Festival is just six weeks away. Featuring over a hundred bands, headliners include Kings of Leon, Mumford & Sons, Florence & The Machine, and Two Door Cinema Club. Forty of the bands playing are on a new mixtape that you can download for free via NoiseTrade; stream it below, and catch Firefly Fest in Dover, Delaware from July 16 to July 19th. More information can be found hereContinue reading →

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Fitz and the Tantrums’ dance party lights up the Electric Factory

Fitz and the Tantrums | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Fitz and the Tantrums | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Indie-soul group Fitz And The Tantrums brought a high-energy performance and dance party to a sold-out crowd at the Electric Factory on Friday night. Led by frontman Michael Fitzpatrick, the six-piece group played a dynamic set consisting of songs off their sophomore LP More Than Just A Dream (2013) and their debut album Pickin’ Up the Pieces(2010), as well as a fun cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” Continue reading →

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Fitz and the Tantrums will return to the Electric Factory on November 7

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via facebook.com/fitzandthetantrums

Retro-soul band Fitz and the Tantrums are returning with their high-energy performance to the Electric Factory Novemebr 27th. The septet, led by songwriter Michael Fitzpatrick, released their second studio album More than Just a Dream last year. Following the album release, they did a studio session with the World Cafe.

“The Walker”, off of More Than Just A Dream, was the background to Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar trailer. “The Walker” is a tribute to the late Dr Marc Abrams who sped-walked around Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood in short shorts sans shirt every day, as Fitzpatrick told Billboard in May. Earlier this year, the band released an EP of remixes of the song.

Listen to “The Walker” below. Get more information about the show here.

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Watch Fitz & The Tantrums perform “Out Of My League” on Late Night with Conan O’Brien (playing the Electric Factory 11/1)

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Days before kicking off their co-headlining tour with Capital Cities, neo-soul rockers Fitz & The Tantrums, brought their signature spunk to Conan’s stage Wednesday night. The band delivered an excellent rendition of “Out Of My League”, the lead single from their latest album More than Just a Dream, which was released in May. Michael Fitzpatrick’s vocals are even more impressive live and co-lead singer Noelle Scaggs’s charismatic stage presence is quite a sight to behold. Witness the magic below.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Our Griffins, Made in America Festival, Kate Faust)

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Our Griffins‘ Michael Boyd LP is the focus of this week’s Unlocked series [link]

XPN Morning Show host Michaela Majoun highlights the best Fall arts events with her 30 Days of Philly Arts daily feature [link]

Watch Younger Me‘s warpy summer video for “Swimming Pool” [link]

This year’s 215 Festival is set for Oct. 17-20, with a preview night to be held at Port Richmond Books on Sep. 13 [link]

Christopher Paul Stelling stopped by for a Folkadelphia Session [link]

Get to know Ohio’s The Sidekicks, summer tourmates of Hop Along and masters of punk disguise [link]

Revisit this week’s Key Studio Session with musical chameleon Kate Faust [link]

Fitz and the Tantrums announce new Philly show at the Electric Factory on 11/1 [link]

New England’s Magic Man premiered a new song called “Every Day” off of their upcoming You Are Here EP [link]

Get a full recap of Labor Day Weekend’s Made in America Festival with videos, photos and reviews [link]

Listen to XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week, “The It-Switch” by Johnny Marr [link]

Get a free download of Luray‘s “The Wilder” off of the singer-songwriter’s debut LP [link]

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Just Announced: Fitz and the Tantrums and Capital Cities playing the Electric Factory 11/1

FitzandtheTantrumsOn the heels of a lively Made In America set Sunday, pop/soul-outfit Fitz and the Tantrums, whose sophomore full-length More Than Just a Dream came out earlier this year, have just announced that they’ll be stopping in Philly this fall alongside indie-pop duo Capital Cities. The co-headlining bill is scheduled for November 1st at the Electric Factory with Beat Club opening. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, September 7th at noon. More info can be found here and check out the More Than Just a Dream track “Out Of My League”, below.

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Stream the new Fitz and The Tantrums album, More Than Just A Dream, via Hype Machine (playing Made In America)

FitzandtheTantrums We’re about week away from the release of the new Fitz and The Tantrums album, More Than Just A Dream (out on May 7), but you can listen to it now in its entirety at the The Hype Machine. Stream it here. The band will be in town opening for Bruno Mars on June 24th at the Wells Fargo Center and back in town for Made In America over Labor Day Weekend.

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Listen to a new Fitz and The Tantrums song, “6AM” (opening for Bruno Mars at Wells Fargo Center on June 24 and playing Made In America)

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Fitz and The Tantrums release their new album, More Than Just A Dream, on May 7th. Recently the band came in to WXPN to record a session for an upcoming World Cafe. They’ll be in town opening for Bruno Mars at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, June 24th. They are also playing Made In America over Labor Day Weekend. Below, listen to a new song, “6AM.”