2010 mixtape idea #1: Combine the latest from Daptone soul stalwarts Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and The Budos Band with relative newcomers Kings Go Forth, Belleruche, and Eli “Paperboy” Reed, add high-caliber hip-hop turned soul singers Aloe Blacc and Cee Lo Green, and you’ve got yourself one hot, soul-infused mix for all your friends. But don’t forget a healthy dose from L.A.’s Fitz & The Tantrums.
Among the many great contemporary bands exploring the retro-soul sounds of the 60’s, Fitz & the Tantrums are blowing up, thanks to their highly accessible pop style, tempered with just enough punk edge, and dynamic stage performances. Suited up like the Dap-Kings, The Tantrums — made up of drummer John Wicks, saxophonist James King, keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna, and bassist Ethan Phillips — create a wicked vibe for Fitz, aka Michael Fitzpatrick, and his collaborative vocalist Noelle Scaggs, who dance around with enough vigor to give Sharon Jones a run for her money!
Just last month, Fitz & The Tantrums played live at The Triple Door as part of our VIP Club Concert series. In attendance for this exclusive performance were members of KEXP’s 500 Club, but now you can be there too by watching all these videos!