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Fitz & the Tantrums announce new album and tour, share 'Handclap'

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Three years after their sizzling second LP, More Than Just a Dream, launched them into the mainstream, Fitz & the Tantrums are back with a batch of big news. The Los Angeles band announced Friday that they have a new self-titled record on the way, along with a massive North American tour that kicks off June 14. To toast the album, out June 10, Fitz also premiered the project’s first track, “HandClap.”

Recorded in their hometown of Los Angeles, the album sees the six-piece team with a stock of pop-imbued producers: Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Matt & Kim), Joel Little (Lorde), and Ricky Reed (Jessie J). If the roster is any indication of what’s to come, the project will likely see Fitz reinvigorate the raw-powered energy that littered its first LPs. “Overall, this is an album about desire - the desire for intimacy, for sex, for acceptance on your own terms and the struggle not to compromise,” lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick said in a release.

“HandClap” does well to illustrate the yearning Fitzpatrick describes, topping a jittery, low down beat with spitfire verses and a surging, skyward hook. “ ‘HandClap’ is a primal tale of love and lust, a call to arms in the late hours of the night,” Fitz said of the single. “It’s the X-rated version of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind happening on a dance floor.”

In support of the upcoming album, Fitz will take to the road for a three-month string of dates that runs from Richmond, Virginia to Jackson, Wyoming. They’ll also hit some major draws, with stops in New York, Boston, and Washington D.C.

Listen to “HandClap” and see tour dates below. The album is available for pre-order here.

June 14 - Richmond, VA - The National
June 15 - Greensboro, NC - Cone Denim Arts Center
June 17 - Dover, DE - Firefly Music Festival
June 18 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
June 19 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
June 21 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
June 23 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall
June 24 - Rochester, NY - Rochester International Jazz Festival
June 25 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
June 28 - Bloomington, IN -  Bluebird Nightclub
June 29 - Milwaukee, MI - Summerfest
July 14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
July 15 - Columbus, OH - PromoWest Festival
July 16 - Kansas City, KS - Sporting Park Stadium - KRBZ’s Annual Beach Buzz Ball
July 17 - North Birmingham, AL - Sloss Music & Arts Festival
July 19 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater
July 20 - Little Rock, AR - Metroplex
July 22 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s
July 23 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
July 24 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s
July 26 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
July 27 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Aug. 18 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
Aug. 19 - Portland, OR - Oregon Zoo Amphitheater
Aug. 20 - Seattle, WA - Marymoor Park
Aug. 23 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
Aug. 24 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
Aug. 26 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
Aug. 27 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
Aug. 28 - Missoula, MT - Big Sky Brewery