Fitz and The Tantrums Brings Studio at Webster Hall to Its Knees [4/16/13]
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Fitz and the Tantrums played an intimate sold-out gig at the Studio at Webster Hall Tuesday night. The crowd was eager to show their affections for the band … and each other. People were making out all over the place. When Fitz and Co. finally took the stage it was off to the races. The energy from vocalists Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs was instantly infectious – heads bopping and hands clapping were nonstop through their soul-poppin’ set.
They ramped everyone up with signature crowd pleasers (“Winds of Change,” “We Don’t Gotta Work It Out”), but mixed in enough new material to get excited about the forthcoming album, More Than Just A Dream (drops May 7). Songs such as “Keepin’ Our Eyes Out,” “6am,” “The Walker,” “Sparks,” and the ever-so-catchy single “Out of My League” (check out the backstory on this track from Noelle Scaggs in our interview with her). The new stuff was enjoyable to hear live (did we detect hints of MGMT?), as was their charged up cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams.” Pretty awesome. They cozied up the crowd with a ballad here and there, but for the most part, the vibe was frenetic.
The band kicked off their encore set with “MoneyGrabber” and brought the crowd to its knees. Literally. It was a good bit that riled up the already excited fans. The gig ended with “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” and a crazed Fitz making it rain both with expletives and water from his bottle.
Upcoming gigs in NYC (with Bruno Mars at Barclays, and Irving Plaza) are sold out, so you’re gonna have to scrounge around for a ticket. It’ll be worth it.