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Fitz and The Tantrums :: Crystal Ballroom :: 12.07.13

December To Remember got an extra dose of soul on Saturday night when The Features and Fitz and The Tantrums came to the Crystal Ballroom.

The evening got off to fairly mellow start with an acoustic set by Tiger Merritt of Morning Teleportation, but that didn't last long. Hot on heels of their small venue double-header at Mississippi Studios and Doug Fir Lounge in September, The Features seemed like they needed a couple of songs to get used to the Crystal, but they kicked things into gear when they got to their hit song, "This Disorder" and The Fratellis-like "Lions."

While it might've taken The Features a couple of songs to get into their groove, Fitz and The Tantrums jumped right into it, urging the crowd "Come on Portland, make some noise!" before launching into "Don't Gotta Work it Out." Over the next hour, Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs took the crowd on a sweaty, fist-pumping romp through their set. Although their particular brand of indie pop has cross-genre appeal, when you see them live, Fitz's soul roots really come to the forefront - playing with a gleeful intensity that you don't always see at indie shows. Noelle's vocals are more prominent live, too - especially on the band's killer cover of The Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams." Although the crowd wasn't quite as amped-up during the band's lesser-known songs, for the most part, they followed Fitz's instructions to a T - they screamed, they got low, and perhaps most impressively for Portland, they danced. During songs like "Out of My League" and "Moneygrabber," I don't think there was a single wallflower in the building.

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12/13/2013 3:43PM
Fitz and The Tantrums :: Crystal Ballroom :: 12.07.13
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