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Song of the Day – Friday 4/2/2010 The Heavy April 2, 2010

“Hi, welcome to The Gap!”  That’s how it all started for guitarist Dan Taylor and lead singer Kelvin Swaby of The Heavy, who were both working at The Gap in Noid, England when they met and started the band.

Now a quartet, the British soul/funk/R&B indie rockers know how to bring the house down.  In fact, when they performed on the Late Show With David Letterman at the beginning of this year, Letterman was so impressed that he asked the band to play an encore—that was the first time in Late Show history that Letterman had ever asked a band to perform an encore on his show…not bad for a coupla dudes who bonded over neo-soul, Motown, cable knit sweaters and khakis—just cinch it!

See what all The Heavy hype is about when the band headlines at The Blank Club in San Jose on 6/24, and on 6/25 The Heavy will open up for Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings at The Warfield.

The Heavy – How You Like Me Now?

The band’s second LP, The House That Dirt Built was released last year.  Check out all their tour dates here:




Song of the Day – Tuesday 3/16/2010 Fitz & the Tantrums (SXSW) March 16, 2010

How Fitz & the Tantrums went from playing shows in their living room, to playing packed stadiums in a matter of months is pure kismet.

The stadium bit is thanks to the fact that a tattoo artist happened to be playing Fitz et al, while lead singer for Maroon 5, Adam Levine was joining the cool kids and getting a tattoo.  Adam became an instant-fan and immediately asked Fitz and the gang to join them on tour.  After such serendipity (depending on how you feel about having to listen to Maroon 5 every night) Fitz & the Tantrums were able to bring their unique brand of neo-soul/indie pop to thousands of M5 fans, many of whom have probably never even heard of Motown.

The LA-based band is fronted by Michael Fitzpatrick and beautifully backed by vocalist Noelle Scaggs, and is armed with horns, a keyboardist, drums, and a bass player, yet there is not a single guitar to be found amongst the lot.  But you won’t miss the six-strings once you hear them, and they are sure to get some souls struttin’ at this year’s SXSW…

Fitz & the Tantrums – Breakin’ the Chains of Love (Live)

Fitz & the Tantrums debut EP “Songs for a Break Up Volume 1” was released last year recorded entirely in Fitz’s living room using a single microphone.  They are currently working on a full-length album and are sure to have a new fan-base after SXSW: