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Dangerbird inks neo-soul act Fitz & the Tantrums

April 26, 2010 |  7:34 pm

Silver Lake's Dangerbird Records continues to expand its portfolio beyond the local rock scene. After rising to national prominence on the strength of the Grammy-nominated success of the Silversun Pickups, the indie label has been steadily beefing up its roster. Monday, the imprint added our city's chic, soul-drenched outfit Fitz & the Tantrums to its ranks, securing the act to a label and publishing deal, according to Dangerbird head Jeff Castelaz.

The timing certainly couldn't be better. The act was welcomed to the Dangerbird family just as it is about to tour with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. The latter are riding high on the recently released and critically adored "I Learned the Hard Way," which has sold 38,000 copies in its two weeks of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. 

Fitz & the Tantrums, which will release debut album "Pickin' Up the Pieces" this year, will be back in Los Angeles in June. The act is booked for a month-long Thursday residency, beginning June 10, at Spaceland, which will now be slightly more packed.

Embedded above is the group's single "Breakin' the Chains of Love," which looks back on the '60s with a decidedly Mark Ronson vibe. (Unknown, however, is whether Dangerbird will make Fitz & the Tantrums and Codeine Velvet Club, another recently signed retro-tuned act, available for weddings.)

Earlier this year, the label inked Seattle's Minus the Bear; the moody rockers with a prog-rock bent will release its debut for the label, "Omni," on May 4.

--Todd Martens