Fitz and the Tantrums’ first album — 2010’s Dangerbird release Pickin’ Up the Pieces — was an obsessively reverent reincarnation of the 1960s northern soul sound, with all the harmonies and hooks in the exact correct places and plenty of charisma up front, courtesy of singers Fitz and Noelle. In fact, you might not have even noticed that they didn’t have a guitar player. Newest album and major-label debut More Than Just a Dream, however, left the planet of northern soul far behind for a slick, neo-’70s sound that lands somewhere between Hall & Oates and chart-topping alt-pop such as Foster the People. This extremely celebratory gig in the middle of Long Beach’s Pine Avenue is a perfect venue for their revamped sound — surely they’ll get people dancing in the actual streets.

Wed., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 12/31/14)

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