Fitz & The Tantrums/Capital Cities bring electro-pop to ISU

AMES – The Bright Futures Tour featuring indie-pop artists Fitz and The Tanrums and electro-pop band Capital Cities is coming to Iowa State University on Nov. 19. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. concert in Stephens Auditorium.

Brimming with imagination, energy and genre-smashing scope, Fitz and The Tantrums defied the odds to become an indisputable phenomenon, a chart-topping, show-stopping modern pop combo unlike any other. The Los Angeles-based sextet self-released their first EP, Songs for a Breakup, Vol. 1, in 2009 and soon found themselves appearing on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” touring with Maroon 5 and recording their full-length debut, Pickin’ Up the Pieces.

The album, which was awarded three-and-a-half stars by Rolling Stone magazine, spent 73 weeks on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, peaking at #1. The band was named a “You Oughta Know” artist by VH1 and views for the video of their hit single “MoneyGrabber” surpassed three million.

For their 2013 Elektra Records debut, “More Than Just A Dream,” Fitz and The Tantrums worked with producer Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83, Phoenix) and ramped up the timeless song craft and sonic force that made them a worldwide sensation.

Capital Cities’ dual frontmen Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian-jingle writers who first met on Craigslist-released their debut, self-titled EP in 2011. Their lead single “Safe and Sound” shot to #1 on Modern Rock radio and is currently climbing Top 40 radio. The breakout alt-dance group is a success story spawned by the loyal fans that has continued to blossom. Their electronic-infused pop rock represents all that is right in modern music making, and makes the perfect soundscape for a day at the beach, or a night in the dark part of town, as long as you’re ready to dance.

Los Angeles-based electronic/dance band Beat Club will open the show. The group’s music draws from an eclectic palette of influences ranging everywhere from hip-hop to punk rock to world-dance. Tickets will be $35 and are on sale now all Ticketmaster outlets. ISU Students will be able to purchase $25 discounted tickets at the Stephens Auditorium Ticket Office only, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Discounted student tickets will not be available via Ticketmaster. An ISU student ID must be presented at time of purchase with a limit of two tickets per ID. All tickets will be reserved seating.

The concert is sponsored by the Iowa State University Student Union Board, a student-run programming board that organizes cultural, recreational, educational, social, and entertainment activities and events throughout the academic year.

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