Coachella 2015: Fitz & the Tantrums, pickin’ up the pieces against the big Main Stage crowd



Who: Fitz & the Tantrums at the Outdoor Theatre
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Memorable Because: As Fitz & the Tantrums can attest, it’s all about timing. They emerged as a neo-soul band six years when the public was ready for pop that soudned more organic, then segued to second-album new wave to join the fray of synth-pop hitmakers. Their late set Sunday night was up against Florence + the Machine and a Main Stage horde expecting a monumental moment from Drake. In front of a modest crowd, many of whom new the words and were used to the crowd-participation stunt on “L.O.V.,” FATT acquitted themselves well, though — standard fare if you’ve seen them before. Singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs typically played off each other’s energy and worked the crowd, leading up to omnipresent single “The Walker” to end the set. Somehow James King steals the show every time he puts his mouth on the saxophone, but given Fitz & the Tantrum’s chosen sonic path, we’re just thankful there’s still a saxophone at all.
What I’d Tell My Friends Who Were Camped Out for Drake: You could’ve burned off some calories here, ’cause you didn’t later.
— K.B. (Photos by Bronson)

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