My five-year-old nephew has long referred to the stuffed animal crane vending machines as “rip-off machines.” When he was younger he asked his father if he could play the game, but was told they were “rip offs.” Thus, the namesake he gave them and the obsession that ensued. In many instances, if he doesn’t get 50 cents, he’ll throw a fit. But, enough about the tantrums my sister and her husband — and so many parents — go through on a daily basis. Let’s focus on tantrums every one can relate to and get behind.
Fitz & the Tantrums are a six-piece band out of California and a wonderful throwback to the great ’60s soul sound. Their first song — the amazingly catchy “Moneygrabber” has been played on repeat for nearly a year on various alt-rock and contemporary rock stations, and the band just dropped their debut Pickin’ Up The Pieces. I caught up with frontman Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick late last week and asked him about the band, the current tour, and that throwback sound. I also asked him about his expectations for playing alongside such acts as Vampire Weekend and Ellie Goulding at the first ever MTK: Music To Know Festival in The Hamptons (of all places) later this summer.