Friday, July 4, 2014
Fitz and the Tantrums
Briggs and Stratton Big Backyard, 10 p.m.
Fitz and the Tantrums update the spirit of Motown-era soul with thunderous organ lines, booming drums and big, echoing synths. Those huge sounds expand the Los Angeles band’s songs to giant proportions, while the vocal duels between lead singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs imbue their music with drama. Restraint is out of the question for the group, whether on relationship-ender “We Don’t Gotta Work It Out,” or on “Out of my League,” the lead single from their latest release More Than Just a Dream. That song layers snappy percussion and driving synths onto an upbeat piano ballad.