Los Angeles – Neo-soul band Fitz and The Tantrums begin their fall U.S. headline tour next week with special guest Big Data. They’ll end an extraordinary year with a special performance at the downtown Long Beach, CA New Year’s Eve celebration. (In between, they’ll perform on Good Morning America on November 21.) See below for itinerary; note: several dates are already sold-out.
Today, Best New Bands’ former Featured Artist debuted the official video for their new single, “Fools Gold.” The clip, directed by Zak Stoltz, is for the latest single from More Than Just A Dream (Elektra/Atlantic Records). “The Walker” and “Out Of My League,” the two previous singles, each topped Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart and were certified RIAA Gold. The accompanying videos have more than five million views each.
We saw them at Lollapalooza in August and our senior writer, Sarah Hess, interviewed bassist Joseph Karnes and keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna on a variety of topics. Of the album, Karnes said, “We wrote like 35 to 40 songs in a month and a half, and some of them really sounded like the first record and some sounded like the sixth record, you know. (laughs) Eventually we were able to whittle it down with help from our producer, Tony Hoffer, to the best songs that sounded like an album, that had a little bit of a taste of where we were.”
The band is closing out 2014 with a bang with “Fitz and The Tantrums: Live at The Aragon Ballroom,” a new Palladia special airing next month, which captures the band in concert at this legendary Chicago venue, whipping a 5,000-person crowd into a sweaty, fun-filled dance explosion. Check local listings for dates and times.
The Washington Post called Fitz and The Tantrums’ live show “captivatingly crazy” and Rolling Stone said, “This six-piece Los Angeles pop-soul group is all about irrepressible energy: hopped-up rhythms, shout-it-out choruses, hooted background vocals.” The New York Times noted, ”Their debut effort, ‘Pickin’ Up the Pieces’ (Dangerbird), and follow-up, ‘More Than Just a Dream’ (Elektra/Atlantic), burst with danceable hooks.”
Fitz and The Tantrums are: Fitz (vocals), Noelle Scaggs (vocals/tambourine), James King (saxophone), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards), John Wicks (drums) and Joseph Karnes (bass).
Fitz and The Tantrums Tour Dates:
November (with Big Data)
3 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
4 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
6 – Cleveland, OH @ Masonic Auditorium
7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
8 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
9 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theater
11 – Westbury, NY @ The Space At Westbury
12 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
14 – Wallingford, CT @ The Dome at Oakdale Theatre
15 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
16 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
18 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
19 – Columbus, OH @ The LC Indoor Pavilion
21 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
22 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
23 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
2 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom – WLUM Radio Big Snow Show
5 – Broomfield, CO @ 1STBANK Center – 93.3 Not So Silent Night
9 – Portland, OR @ 94.7FM A December To Remember
10 – Sacramento, CA @ Radio 94.7 Electric Christmas 2.0
18 – Buffalo, NY @ Kerfuffle Before Christmas w/Neon Trees
31 – Long Beach, CA @ Downtown Long Beach New Year’s Eve Celebration