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Fitz and the Tantrums (music group)

Fitz and the Tantrums aim to shed 'retro' label

Fitz and the Tantrums aim to shed 'retro' label

It took Michael Fitzpatrick, the 42-year-old lead singer of Fitz and the Tantrums, many years of toiling as a self-taught studio engineer and aspiring musician in Los Angeles to find the success he craved.

When it finally came, courtesy of his sextet's breakthrough 2010 debut album "Pickin' Up the Pieces," Fitzpatrick knew it could be his only shot, so he and his band refused to turn down any opportunity to gain new fans. Whether it was a late-night talk show performance or a festival gig, Fitz and the Tantrums were there, playing its soulful, guitar-less take on indie-pop.

"As a band starting out, it's so hard to break through the mire, you know?" said...