Fitz and the Tantrums is a neo-soul group from Los Angeles, California. The band originated just two years ago, and have already conquered late night television including Conan, the Late Show with Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel Live, as well as had their music featured on ABC's Desperate Housewives and CBS' Criminal Minds. In April, they were profiled in Rolling Stone as a Band to Watch in 2011 and now, are playing the Rock Hall for the first time and kicking off our free Summer in the City concert series on Wednesday, July 6th. We caught up with Fitz for some background on the band and thoughts on performing at the Museum for the first time.
How did Fitz and the Tantrums form?
I was broken hearted And losing my mind and my ex called me about the church organ that her neighbor was selling..I feverishly bought it and poured my heart into writing and trying to heal. Those were the first songs written for Fitz and the Tantrums. I called my college buddy James King, he recommended Noelle and [made] a few phone calls and we just all clicked instantly.
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Philadelphia rock band Free Energy will perform for the first time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum on Wednesday, July 21 as part of the free Summer in the City concert series. The band formed in the fall of 2007 and garnered attention with their melodic, hook-laden dance-rock tunes. Their new album 'Stuck on Nothing' has received critical acclaim from fans and the media: Rolling Stone magazine labeled Free Energy as a band to watch this year and have since appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.
We caught up with Paul Sprangers of the band for some background on Free Energy and thoughts on performing at the Museum for the first time.
How did Free Energy form?
After our band Hockey Night ended, Scott and I signed to DFA with nothing but a collection of demos and a distant dream. A year after writing and recording, we went to NYC to record with James Murphy. After five months of recording, we could no longer stand sleeping in the DFA office, so we moved to Philadelphia where we rented a house and started assembling the band. Now, Free Energy is a wild, ass shaking five-piece ...