LIVE: Fitz & the Tantrums @ Alive at Five, 6/12/13

June 19th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

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Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The party was on, despite the fact that Fitz & the Tantrums – the first 2014 Alive at Five concert – were shuffled off to the rain location at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch – unquestionably the worst concert venue in all of Nippertown.

Led by co-frontpersons Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs, the Los Angeles-based six-piece band dished up an undeniably catchy, hook-filled, 72-minute show of soul-inflected dance-pop, injected with influences that ranged from Motown to new wave synth-pop. They’re an intriguing, sort of yin-yang couple on stage. Fitzpatrick has a geeky, slightly stiff presence on stage – even when he’s cutting loose – that is reminiscent of David Byrne’s early days in Talking Heads. And despite Fitzpatrick’s “name above the title,” Scaggs stole the show, not only with her soulful vocals, but also with the wild abandon of her tambourine playing and her charismatic, hyper-kinetic stage presence.

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