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Local electro-pop duo Capital Cities have been hard at work recording their upcoming full-length, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery. Less than a year after releasing their debut LP, Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian had their hit "Safe and Sound" spinning on the radio, charming labels and fans alike. The group initially gained traction in the blogosphere after trending on Hype Machine and received unanimous acclaim for their finger-snapping, four-on-the-floor beats. Softening the edges, they take a breezy approach to dance and perfectly cater to the '80s-synth cult with tracks that sound like they belong in a moody scene from a Brat Pack film. With the new album slated for release on June 4, Capital Cities are on tour, visiting medium-sized venues across the country and playing festivals including Bonnaroo. Tonight, Capital Cities share the stage with yesteryear-influenced Australian pals Gold Fields. Also June 7. — By Britt Witt