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Fitz and the Tantrums stress melody, lyrics

Fitz and the Tantrums are set to perform Tuesday at Upstate Concert Hall.
Fitz and the Tantrums are set to perform Tuesday at Upstate Concert Hall.
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The soul music mojo is in the details: short riffs that can dazzle only when assembled with precision, commitment and, well, soul. That craftsmanship, and melody, sets Fitz and the Tantrums — playing Tuesday at Upstate Concert Hall — far apart from most current soul-inspired pop groups. “For us, it’s about strong melodies,” Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick told Esquire. “Melody gives people a way in.” It’s the same with soul music makers: They must be detail-oriented, ...


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