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Contest: Fitz & the Tantrums @ Metro!

It would be silly to not mention that Fitz & the Tantrums' major influences include acts from arguably the greatest era of songwriting in American history. That's a lot for a relatively new band to live up to, but their influences don't stop at the end of Holland-Dozier-Holland's reign. They pull from a wide range of R&B, pop and rock periods that may have once been slighted, but include undeniably catchy hooks and phenomenal arrangements. (A recent performance on "Live from Daryl's House" was flat-out excellent.)


On the strength of bandleader Michael Fitzpatrick's background as an engineer, the band's 2010 Pickin' Up the Pieces is a sonic marvel in modern soul music. Just like how Sharon Jones isn't trying to reinvent the wheel, Fitz & the Tantrums incorporate dynamic elements of classic R&B and soul, and sprinkle touches of recent inspirations. As if the single "MoneyGrabber" didn't make it clear, they're a force live, too. And Transmission's giving away a pair of tickets to see them on Saturday. Write to contests@gapersblock.com with "moneygrabber" in the subject line for a chance to win. [Update: We have our winner! Congrats to Jordan!]

Fitz & the Tantrums headline Metro on Saturday, 2/5. Local acts JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound and the Right Now open at 9PM. Soul Summit DJs will also spin. The show's 18+ and $14. Bring your dancing shoes to 3730 N Clark.

 
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