California quintet Young the Giant draw upon the members' international roots to forge a worldly blend of summery indie pop and anthemic stadium rock. Originally operating under the moniker the Jakes, the band dove head first into the mainstream in 2010 with the release of their debut LP (as Young the Giant), which included the RIAA gold-certified hits "My Body" and "Cough Syrup." Subsequent offerings like Mind Over Matter and Home of the Strange continued to hone their eclectic but accessible brand of modern rock, and helped make them both radio and festival faves, with high-profile appearances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and Lollapalooza, among others.
Led by songwriter Michael Fitzpatrick, Fitz & the Tantrums brew up a retro sound inspired by Motown and Stax Records.Fitzpatrick initially formed The Tantrums as a neo-soul solo project; having purchased an old church organ, he found that it helped inspire his songwriting. While recording a solo EP, he recruited an old college friend, James King, to add horn arrangements to the material. The lineup grew from there, withthe Tantrumseventually becoming a co-ed septet.Songs for a Break Up, Vol. 1 marked the group's first release in 2009, and Fitz & the Tantrums headed to South by Southwest the following year, stirring up some industry buzz in the process. In 2010, the band returned with its first full-length effort, Pickin' Up the Pieces, featuring the single "Money Grabber." Their second studio album, the Tony Hoffer-produced More Than Just a Dream, appeared in 2014. The album's lead single, "Out of My League," reached number one on Billboard's Alternative chart. In 2016,Fitz & the Tantrums returned with a self-titled third album, featuring production from Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Tegan & Sara),Joel Little (Ellie Goulding, Lorde), and Ricky Reed (Jessie J, Jason Derulo). Included on the album was the lead single "Handclap." The following year -- in conjunction with their summer trek with OneRepublic and James Arthur-- the group released a deluxe edition of Fitz & the Tantrums featuring a new single, "Fool."
See Young The Giant and FItz & The Tantrums at Virginia Credit Union Live in Richmond on June 25th!
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