- Fitz and the Tantrums with Beat Club and Capital Cities
- Stephens Auditorium
- Ames, IA.
This past summer, while driving back to my little corner of Iowa, I heard Capital Cities “Safe & Sound” come on my favorite college radio station. There aren’t many songs that make me reach for the shazzam app on my phone, but this one did. Tuesday night sealed the deal, this is a new band to love. I didn’t head to Ames expecting an all night dance party, but that’s what I got. Capital Cities have an infectious indie pop sound and an equally entertaining live show. Sebu Simonian & Ryan Merchant both sounded excellent on stage, and trumpet player Spencer Ludwig was absolutely captivating to watch. Capital Cities reminds me of Passion Pit, if Passion Pit wrote purely happy songs. Bright Futures was an excellent name for this tour, because that’s exactly what’s ahead for this duo.
Rounding out the night was Fitz & The Tantrums, who sounded true to their records. While Michael Fitzpatrick has a great voice, it’s Noelle Scaggs that stole the show with her energy. I’ve seen some amazing women perform over the past few years and each has their signature move. Emily Haines (Metric) bounces across stage, Shirley Manson (Garbage) struts like she’s stalking prey, Annie Clark (St. Vincent) rock poses like no one I’ve seen, and Noelle Scaggs…she grooves. I almost felt bad for Fitzpatrick as he was clearly out grooved by Scaggs. Fitz & The Tantrums are a bright spot in the current music landscape, bringing soul to a new generation.