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It's been more than a year since Capital Cities released its debut full-length album, "In a Tidal Wave of Mystery." Longer still since the project's first single, "Safe and Sound," was first heard in promotional campaigns for the likes of HBO, Smart Car, Microsoft, Mazda and more. And as the calendar keeps rolling forward, the one thing we can conclude is that the duo is no longer a mystery and their continued popularity is a pretty safe bet.
Shortly after the release of their debut LP, Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian went on their very first North American trek, dubbed the "Dancing With Strangers" tour. It included special guest Gold Fields and kicked off at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, Arizona. A date at New York City's famed Irving Plaza sold out some two months in advance, and the guys also performed at Sundance, SXSW, Sweetlife and ULTRA.
As the popularity of Capital Cities went through the roof, the duo became known for their creative approach to music videos. "Safe and Sound" featured a mash-up of the past 100 years of dance and was nominated for two 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, winning for Best Visual Effects. The video for the follow-up single "Kangaroo Court" tells the story of a zebra who has been forbidden from a club called (you guessed it) The Kangaroo Court. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video.
Capital Cities is currently opening for Katy Perry on the North American leg of her Prismatic World Tour, which will wrap in October 2014.
Capital Cities Takes the World By Storm (Created April 24, 2013)
A Los Angeles-based duo that found fame via the Internet, Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian have come together as the alt-dance group Capital Cities. From their self-titled debut EP to the uplifting single "Safe and Sound," their brand of electronic-infused pop rock has suddenly and sincerely taken the world by storm.
From one city to another, their popularity continues to soar; it has as much to do with their back story as it does with their music. Simonian was born in war-torn Syria to Armenian parents, but raised in Lebanon until the age of six when his family escaped civil war. He studied piano and voice and sang in choirs, eventually earning a bachelor's degree in music. And he met Merchant -- a bit of a child prodigy in his own right -- thanks to nothing more than a Craigslist ad for music production services.
Think the story can't get better? It does. Merchant and Simonian had such a natural chemistry, their success was nearly instantaneous. An independent self-titled EP attracted a buzz and a host of positive reviews. Influential blogs helped the duo's stock soar, and before long they had self-financed a successful radio campaign and planned tours that took them to South America, Europe and everywhere in between.
In December 2012, Capital Cities signed to Capitol Records. They are expected to release their debut full length album this summer. Supporting the project is the "Dancing with Strangers" tour, set to roll through 35 U.S. cities this spring and summer.
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date city state venue 01/28/2015 Scottsdale AZ Birds Nest Phoenix Open
Capital Cities Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 11/23/2014 San Diego CA House of Blues San Diego 11/21/2014 Los Angeles CA Fonda Theatre 11/20/2014 Los Angeles CA Fonda Theatre 11/19/2014 Oakland CA Fox Theater 11/17/2014 Portland OR Crystal Ballroom 11/16/2014 Seattle WA Showbox SoDo 11/09/2014 Minneapolis MN First Avenue 11/08/2014 Milwaukee WI Eagles Ballroom 11/07/2014 Chicago IL Riviera Theatre 11/05/2014 Columbus OH Newport Music Hall 11/04/2014 Toronto ON Danforth Music Hall 11/03/2014 Montreal QC Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre 11/01/2014 Washington DC 9:30 Club 10/31/2014 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl 10/30/2014 New York NY Webster Hall 10/29/2014 New York NY Webster Hall 10/28/2014 Boston MA House of Blues Boston 10/26/2014 Philadelphia PA Electric Factory 10/24/2014 Atlanta GA The Tabernacle 10/23/2014 Tampa FL The Ritz Ybor 10/22/2014 Miami FL Grand Central 10/10/2014 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/10/2014 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/03/2014 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/03/2014 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/01/2014 Denver CO Ogden Theatre 09/28/2014 Tempe AZ Tempe Beach Park 09/27/2014 Tempe AZ Tempe Beach Park 09/27/2014 Salt Lake City UT Gallivan Center 09/26/2014 Tempe AZ Tempe Beach Park 09/26/2014 Tempe AZ Tempe Beach Park 09/21/2014 Maryland Heights MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 09/18/2014 Saint Petersburg A2 Club 09/16/2014 Moscow Arena Club 09/06/2014 San Juan Puerto Rico Convention Center 09/01/2014 Seattle WA Seattle Center 08/30/2014 Seattle WA Seattle Center 08/30/2014 Los Angeles Los Angeles Grand Park 08/30/2014 Seattle WA Seattle Center 08/30/2014 Los Angeles CA Grand Park 08/30/2014 Los Angeles Los Angeles Grand Park 08/09/2014 San Francisco CA Ruby Skye 08/08/2014 San Francisco CA Golden Gate Park 08/08/2014 Chicago IL United Center 08/07/2014 Chicago IL The Mid 08/07/2014 Chicago IL United Center 08/05/2014 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 08/04/2014 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 08/02/2014 Boston MA TD Garden 08/01/2014 Boston MA TD Garden 07/25/2014 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 07/25/2014 New York NY Bounce Boat 07/24/2014 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 07/22/2014 Pittsburgh PA Consol Energy Center 07/21/2014 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 07/19/2014 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 07/18/2014 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 07/16/2014 Kanata ON Scotiabank Place 07/15/2014 Montreal QC Bell Centre 07/12/2014 Newark NJ Prudential Center 07/12/2014 Bogota Centro de Eventos Royal Center 07/11/2014 Newark NJ Prudential Center 07/09/2014 New York NY Madison Square Garden 07/07/2014 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 07/05/2014 Saint Louis MO Fair St. 07/03/2014 Miami FL American Airlines Arena 07/02/2014 Sunrise FL BB&T Center 06/30/2014 Tampa FL Amalie Arena 06/28/2014 Atlanta GA Philips Arena 06/27/2014 Nashville TN Bridgestone Arena 06/25/2014 Washington DC Verizon Center 06/24/2014 Washington DC Verizon Center 06/22/2014 Raleigh NC PNC Arena 06/13/2014 Kansas City MO Kansas City West Bottoms 05/31/2014 Mansfield MA Xfinity Center 05/31/2014 Irvine CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - CA 05/30/2014 Chula Vista CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre 05/29/2014 Las Vegas NV The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 05/25/2014 Portland OR Tom McCall Waterfront Park 05/24/2014 Portland OR Tom McCall Waterfront Park 05/24/2014 Portland OR Tom McCall Waterfront Park 05/16/2014 Gulf Shores AL Gulf Shores Beach 05/14/2014 Monterrey Tab Auditorio Banamex 05/13/2014 Guadalajara Dur Teatro Estudio Cavaret 05/12/2014 Mexico City Dif Jose Cuervo Salon 05/10/2014 Columbia MD Merriweather Post Pavilion 05/09/2014 Clinton NY Hamilton College Chapel 04/29/2014 Orono ME University of Maine 04/18/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/11/2014 Greenville SC Timmons Arena 04/11/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 03/14/2014 Austin TX Travis County Expo Center 03/01/2014 West Hollywood CA The Roxy Theatre 02/28/2014 West Hollywood CA The Roxy Theatre 02/18/2014 Las Vegas NV The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 01/07/2014 Osaka ?? Club Quattro 01/06/2014 Tokyo Liquid Room
Capital Cities Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/31/2013 Santa Ana CA The Observatory 12/15/2013 San Francisco CA The Fillmore 12/14/2013 Scottsdale AZ Salt River Fields at Talking Stick 12/12/2013 Norfolk VA Constant Convocation Center 12/08/2013 Los Angeles CA Shrine Auditorium 12/07/2013 Seattle WA Pyramid Alehouse 12/04/2013 Sacramento CA Sleep Train Arena 11/25/2013 Toronto ON Phoenix Concert Theatre 11/23/2013 Milwaukee WI Eagles Ballroom 11/22/2013 Chicago IL Aragon Ballroom 11/21/2013 Saint Paul MN Myth 11/20/2013 Champaign IL State Farm Center 11/19/2013 Ames IA Stephens Auditorium 11/19/2013 Ames IA Iowa State University 11/17/2013 Detroit MI The Fillmore Detroit 11/16/2013 Indianapolis IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre 11/15/2013 Cleveland OH House Of Blues Cleveland 11/14/2013 Covington KY Madison Theater 11/10/2013 West Palm Beach FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre 11/07/2013 Nashville TN Marathon Music Works 11/06/2013 Charlotte NC Amos' Southend 11/05/2013 Asheville NC The Orange Peel 11/04/2013 Atlanta GA Buckhead Theatre 11/02/2013 Los Angeles CA Greek Theatre 11/01/2013 Philadelphia PA Electric Factory 10/31/2013 Washington DC 9:30 Club 10/30/2013 Washington DC 9:30 Club 10/29/2013 Clifton Park NY Upstate Concert Hall 10/28/2013 Boston MA House of Blues Boston 10/26/2013 Las Vegas NV Downtown Las Vegas 10/26/2013 Las Vegas NV Downtown Las Vegas 10/25/2013 Wallingford CT The Dome at Oakdale Theatre 10/23/2013 New York NY Roseland Ballroom 10/22/2013 Providence RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel 10/20/2013 Richmond VA The National 10/12/2013 Mexico City ?? Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez 09/21/2013 Byers CO May Farms 09/21/2013 Byers CO May Farms 09/21/2013 Atlanta GA Piedmont Park 09/20/2013 Atlanta GA Piedmont Park 09/20/2013 Chula Vista CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre 09/20/2013 Atlanta GA Piedmont Park 09/19/2013 London London XOYO 09/18/2013 Antwerp Antwerp Muziekcentrum Trix 09/13/2013 Lisbon 11 Santiago Alquimista 09/11/2013 Milan ?? Magazzini Generali 09/10/2013 Munich ?? Muffathalle 09/03/2013 Luxembourg L Den Atelier 08/31/2013 Calgary AB Fort Calgary 08/31/2013 Calgary AB Fort Calgary 08/30/2013 Chicago IL Union Park 08/30/2013 Chicago IL Union Park 08/25/2013 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 08/25/2013 Monterey CA Monterey Fairgrounds 08/24/2013 Monterey CA Monterey Fairgrounds 08/24/2013 Salt Lake City UT Gallivan Center 08/23/2013 Eugene OR Emerald Meadows 08/22/2013 Orlando FL The Venue at UCF 08/17/2013 Sterling Heights MI Freedom Hill Amphitheatre 08/08/2013 Squamish BC Logger Sports Grounds 08/02/2013 Montreal QC Parc Jean-Drapeau 08/02/2013 Montreal QC Parc Jean-Drapeau 08/01/2013 New Haven CT Toad's Place 07/31/2013 Toronto ON Downsview Park 07/24/2013 Los Angeles CA The Grove 06/29/2013 Tinley Park IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 06/28/2013 Kansas City MO Starlight Theatre 06/25/2013 Columbus OH The Basement 06/24/2013 Lancaster PA Chameleon Club 06/23/2013 Dover DE Dover International Speedway 06/21/2013 Dover DE Dover International Speedway 06/21/2013 Atlantic City NJ The Social at Revel 06/19/2013 Jacksonville FL Jack Rabbits 06/14/2013 Miami FL Bardot 06/13/2013 Manchester TN Manchester Farm 06/08/2013 Oceanside CA Oceanside Pier Plaza Amphitheatre 06/07/2013 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theatre 06/06/2013 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theatre 06/05/2013 Anaheim CA House of Blues Anaheim 06/01/2013 Santa Barbara CA Soho Restaurant and Music Club 05/31/2013 Sacramento CA Ace of Spades 05/29/2013 Portland OR Hawthorne Theatre 05/28/2013 Vancouver BC Venue 05/26/2013 Seattle WA Neptune Theatre 05/24/2013 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 05/24/2013 Englewood CO Gothic Theatre 05/23/2013 Fort Collins CO Aggie Theatre 05/21/2013 Colorado Springs CO Black Sheep 05/19/2013 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 05/18/2013 Irvine CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - CA 05/15/2013 Detroit MI The Shelter 05/14/2013 Cleveland OH House Of Blues Cleveland 05/13/2013 Toronto ON Mod Club Theatre 05/11/2013 Albany NY The Hollow 05/10/2013 Philadelphia PA Theatre of Living Arts 05/09/2013 New York NY Irving Plaza 05/08/2013 Boston MA Paradise Rock Club 05/05/2013 Virginia Beach VA The Jewish Mother 05/04/2013 Washington DC RFK Stadium 05/03/2013 Charlotte NC The Fillmore Charlotte 04/30/2013 New Orleans LA House of Blues New Orleans 04/28/2013 Houston TX House of Blues - Houston 04/27/2013 Frisco TX Toyota Stadium 04/24/2013 Tucson AZ Solar Culture 04/23/2013 Phoenix AZ Crescent Ballroom 04/14/2013 Santa Margarita CA Pozo Saloon 03/22/2013 Miami FL Klipsch Amphitheatre At Bayfront Park 03/22/2013 Miami FL Klipsch Amphitheatre At Bayfront Park 03/16/2013 Austin TX Austin Music Hall 03/15/2013 Miami FL Klipsch Amphitheatre At Bayfront Park 03/15/2013 Austin TX W Hotel Austin 03/13/2013 Mission TX Las Palmas Race Park
Capital Cities Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/21/2012 Sacramento CA Ace of Spades 12/20/2012 San Francisco CA Rickshaw Stop 12/15/2012 Costa Mesa CA Detroit Bar 10/13/2012 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl 09/25/2012 London London Water Rats 09/19/2012 Berlin Comet Club 09/18/2012 Stuttgart BW Keller Klub 09/17/2012 Munchen Backstage Club 09/07/2012 San Francisco CA Mezzanine 08/10/2012 Philadelphia PA The Fire 08/09/2012 Washington DC U Street Music Hall 06/21/2012 San Francisco CA Rickshaw Stop