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Dance ‘Til Dawn: A Day (and Night) on the Road With Capital Cities

The “Safe & Sound” hitmakers soundcheck, rock out and goof around while on tour in Denver, Colorado

Ryan Merchant of Capital Cities

Ryan Merchant walks around venue to make sure sound is perfect

Chip Kalback

At its core, Capital Cities are Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian, a synth-pop duo that broke into the Top 10 with 2011's "Safe and Sound." On the road, though, the duo expands to a quintent, with Channing Holmes, Manny Quintero and Spencer Ludwig contributing drums, guitar and bass. Last week, the group played a headlining show at Denver's historic Ogden Theatre, and they invited our cameras to find out what goes on behind the scenes. Upon seeing the resulting photos, they offered caption to help us get a sense of just what their day is like.

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