Spotlight on Austin City Limits: Fitz & the Tantrums

The Spotlight

The Austin City Limits Festival is, of course, first and foremost about great live music, and so with that in mind we bring you an MP3.com first – a live session recording of ACL 2011 performers Fitz & the Tantrum‘s throwback soul rocker, “MoneyGrabber.”

Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick and his six-piece supporting cast the Tantrums are bringing the Motown sound back in a big way with their debut album Pickin’ Up The Pieces.  Since it  was released last year, it as been reminding people how much fun soul music is.

Fitzpatrick claims he was inspired to start the project when, on a whim, he bought an old church organ.  That night, he found himself completely enthralled by the instrument’s sound and wound up writing the song “Breaking The Chains of Love,” which became the first track on album.  “Sometimes, the Music Gods just give it to you,” Fitz says.

Back in February, Fitz & the Tantrums stopped by Last.fm Discover Studios to record a live session performance featuring a few highlights off of Pickin’ Up The Pieces. Check out this video where Fitz talks about the recording process for the song “MoneyGrabber” and then joins  the Tantrums for an awesome performance of the song.  After that grab a free download of the live track below!

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If that all sound likes like fun to you, click HERE to head over to ACL’s website and grab tickets.

And just for good measure, here’s another  Fitz & the Tantrum’s video from their Last.fm Discover session.  Check out their performance of the sultry track “Don’t Need No Love Song.”

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If you enjoyed those videos, click HERE to head over to Last.fm Discover and see the whole session!