One of the most fascinating nuances of music is its infinite variability. Some fans like their music hard and heavy, while others like something more contemplative and thoughtful. Still others like their music poppy and danceable, or downtempo and spacey. However, every once in a blue moon, an act comes around so imbued with musicality and artisanship that music fans across the board have no trouble getting into their music. For many, this act is Fitz and the Tantrums, the LA based six piece “neo-soul” group fronted by Michael Fitzpatrick. The band, which takes the general feel and classiness of 50’s soul and Motown recordings and spruces them up with a new indie rock finish, will be playing this Thursday, Nov. 7, at the spacious Marathon Music Works. You can still pick up tickets for only $25, but you better hurry because this one is close to selling out. Doors will open at 6:30 with openers Capital Cities & Beat Club revving up their set about an hour later.
Younger fans, please note that while this show is designated as 18+, you can still attend if (and only if) you come accompanied by an adult with a legal ID. Check out more details on these rules at Marathon Music Work’s website.
FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS
If you’ve kept up with even an inkling of pop and TV culture over the last couple of years, chances are you’ve heard Fitz and the Tantrums at least once, probably in the background of a commercial. However, these soul revivalists have a lot more going on than just a few catchy commercial spots. Following the release of their second studio album last May, More Than Just A Dream, Fitz and the Tantrums secured their position as modern kings of feel good music.
We’ve got something really special here. Navigate your mouse down to the play button on the video browser below, and skip ahead to 0:43. Go on, we’ll wait. Hear that horn line? Good, spend some time really internalizing that horn line, if you’re anything like us, it’ll be stuck in your head for the next week. Even after all those mental repetitions, however, we can still get down to this single by Capital Cities. The rest of the album, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, is every bit as catchy as this single; be sure to get to the show early enough to give these guys a good listen.
If you’ve ever met a lucky somebody who has gotten the chance to see Beat Club before, ask them if it’s worth it to show up early to see the LA trio’s killer upbeat indie shenanigans. We bet five bucks they say yes. Beat Club does a phenomenal job of filling in an electropop framework with the comfortable stuffing indie rock vocals and guitar riffs. Expect the maestros behind Beat Club to kick things off right this Thursday.
Fitz and the Tantrums and Capital Cities will perform 11/7 at Marathon Music Works. The show is 18+ (without an adult), begins at at 7:30 pm (doors at 6:30), and tickets are available for $25.