Track of the Day: ‘Don’t Gotta Work it Out’ by Fitz & the Tantrums

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I have had “Don’t Gotta Work it Out” by Fitz & the Tantrums stuck in my head for the entire day.  Today’s pick is an odd and indelible combination of soul mixed with punk-pop.  Based out of Los Angeles, their 2010 debut studio album Pickin up the Pieces made it to #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and have since been playing the festival circuit nationwide, including a recent stop at Chicago’s Lollapalooza.  The band is lead by Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs, both vocalists, although Scaggs also plays the tambourine.  Supporting them are James King (Saxophone and Flute), Joseph Karnes (Bass), Jeremy Ruzumna (Keyboards), and John Wicks (Drums).

There is a definite Motown feel in their music and you wouldn’t have to look any further than to “Don’t Gotta Work it Out”.  It feels like a song that could have been written by The Miracles, and yet it has a unique identity of it’s own.



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