Having made quite the commercial splash as R&B revivalists with their 2010 debut, Pickin' Up the Pieces, Los Angelino sextet Fitz and the Tantrums could have easily been forgiven for staying the course on their sophomore release. Instead the group opted to boldly modernize on this year's More Than Just a Dream, injecting slick synthesizers and club-friendly beats into the mix without sacrificing an ounce of the rhythmic intensity and classic vocal chops that got them noticed in the first place. While the group's always spotlighted the vocal interplay of Daryl Hall-reminiscent frontman Michael Fitzpatrick and firecracker backing vocalist Noelle Scaggs live, album number two wisely gives the soulful Scaggs a significantly larger share of the recorded spotlight, making an already dynamic band that much more powerful. With Saints of Valory and Ivy Levan.
Sun., June 16, 6 p.m.; Mon., June 17, 7 p.m., 2013