Theft of the Dial: Fitz and The Tantrums

by Mary Lucia

Fitz and the Tantrums
Fitz and the Tantrums (Courtesy the Artist)
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    Jun 27, 2013

It's hard to get a feel of a city when your visits are no more than 12 hours. Well, I guess Fitz and The Tantrums did get a feel--of the weather, that is. Vocalist Noelle Scaggs refused to purchase a winter coat when they visited the Twin Cities in the dead of winter a couple years back. "You get used to it." We feel you, Noelle. We feel you.

The second Twin Cities visit around was in the small eight (or less) week window of the hot and humid summer weather that Minnesotans live for. Comparing the two visits, there was something like a 110 degree difference. Uffda.

The weather was just perfect this go around. Fitz and The Tantrums, lead by vocalist Michael Fitzpatrick, had their latest Minneapolis appearance at The Varsity Theater on June 17. For the first time there was more than 12 hours to spare in the city, so they stopped by The Current studios to chat with Mary Lucia and shared some of their favorite tracks.

Playlist

Sea Wolf- - "Old Friend"
Capital Cities - "Center Stage"
Tame Impala - "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"
Quadron - "Favorite Star"
HAIM - "Don't Save Me"
Quantic & Alice Russell - "Look Around The Corner"

Videos

Sea Wolf - "Old Friend"

Capital Cities - "Center Stage"

Tame Impala - "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"

Quadron - "Favorite Star"

Haim - "Don't Save Me"

Quantic & Alice Russell - "Look Around The Corner"

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