Fitz and the Tantrums

Updated 6/19/2013

SUNDAY: Retro-soul doubleheader at Varsity. Plus: Groovy indie-popper Dent May and the sad state of Aaron Carter.

Fitz and the Tantrums

Fitz and the Tantrums

6:30 p.m. Sun. (all ages) & 8 p.m. Mon. (18-plus) • Varsity Theater • sold out

On their month-old second album, “More Than a Dream,” Los Angeles retro-soul ensemble Fitz and the Tantrums have gone all Hall & Oates and electronic dance-pop. There’s nothing wrong with that. Those H&O tendencies were apparent in the group’s winning performances here, but their first album oozed a vintage, horn-accented soul vibe. Fitz and company have definitely updated their dance-pop, with new wave, disco, Lady Gaga-like and Hall & Oates-ian touches. Opening areSaints of Valory, an Austin, Texas, indie rock quartet with members from Brazil, France, Canada and California, and singer/actress/model Ivy Levan. Jon Bream

Dent May

8 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • 18-plus • $8-$10

If there’s one thing we know about Mississippi man Dent May, it’s that he knows how to have fun. His beach-party jams, namely the single “Fun,” are sunshine incarnate. Music snobs and radio boppers alike have picked up on May’s easy indie-pop since the release of his 2012 sophomore album, “Do Things,” where the film-school dropout showed he’s as at ease with the synthesizer as he is the ukulele. Describing his music as “ ‘Pet Sounds’ for the Smirnoff Ice generation,” he’s not wrong — imagine Brian Wilson tripping out with Animal Collective. Dead Gaze and 2013 Are You Local? finalists Bad Bad Hats open. Sarah Harper

Aaron Carter

7 p.m. • Cabooze • all ages • $15-$18

In the minds of most, Carter is frozen in 2000, still the spunky pop-rapping tween behind multiplatinum disc “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It).” He may have beaten Shaq (see: “That’s How I Beat Shaq”), but the kid brother to Backstreet Boy Nick couldn’t fend off the ravages of age. Still just 25, Carter has prematurely assembled the boilerplate Hollywood washout résumé: “Dancing With the Stars,” E! reality show “House of Carters” and even rehab. Gone are the glory days of simultaneously dating Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan (though he’s faring better than the latter ex). The one-time pop heartthrob is currently on his 80-date comeback tour, telling the Chicago Tribune that he offers ticket buyers “the nostalgia that they’re looking for.” Vince Tomas opens. Jay Boller