Posted in music | pictures on February 8, 2010

words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, more words by Zach Pollack

Ra Ra Riot
Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot played to a sold-out crowd at the Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn on Friday (2/5). The Syracuse-based band played an energetic set and threw in a couple of Kate Bush covers (finishing the show with "Hounds Of Love".) "Suspended in Gaffa" appeared on 2008's critically acclaimed The Rhumb Line of which the band played all of its songs.

The Antlers, architects of one of last year's critically acclaimed records, Hospice, opened with a taut, haunting set, placed in stark contrast to the headliner's flowing, uptempo pop songs. - Dominick

Peter Silberman, Michael Lerner, and Darby Cicci collectively known as The Antlers took the stage at BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House at a prompt 8:10pm. This kicked off the 4th night of BAM's Sounds Like Brooklyn Festival. Silberman commanded audience attention with his sweeping falsettos, and impressive guitar tones coming from his daisy chain of pedals. They had a two man horn section join them (Tim Cronin and Jon Natchez), adding depth to their already dense sound. The band's set largely consisted of songs off of Hospice.

Ra Ra Riot headlined the show, featuring a string quartet and a four man horn section. The band sounded impeccable live, and carried though their set with the poise, grace, and energy of a well practiced rock band. In four short years since forming the band Ra Ra Riot has grown a large fan base, which was certainly apparent at The Howard Gilman Opera House Friday night. Cellist Alexandra Lawn and violinist Rebecca Zeller add to the already dense rhythms of the band with their sweeping string section.

Friday night's show was the third and last 'Sounds Like Brooklyn' show at BAM this year. The first two were Les Savy Fav / Vivian Girls and Rain Machine / Anti-Pop Consortium. More pictures from Ra Ra / Antlers, below...

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Comments (26)

What's the deal with the ring on her finger?

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 10:04 AM

everything is "already dense"

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 10:05 AM

Hey 10:04 Someone liked it so they knew to put a ring on it!

What's up with all the empty orchestra seats in that crowd shot?

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 10:59 AM

"Sold Out"

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 11:09 AM

to the poor chubby, bv commenter who lives with his parents: sorry your chances are over. :(

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 11:09 AM

Or maybe those empty seats were stage-rushers?

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 11:10 AM

antlers killed it. ra ra riot kept rushing the tempo, wasn't really feeling it. the kids though seemed to like it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 11:14 AM

Jon Natchez is the Waldo of indie music.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 11:31 AM

You've got to lock that down.

Posted by Brian | February 8, 2010 11:39 AM

The pit up front was empty, and during Antlers, a girl from the orchestra section moved into it. When security didn't stop her, others from the orchestra seating joined her. During Ra Ra Riot, people were up there for the whole set.

Anyone know the set list? There were a bunch of new songs.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 12:02 PM

She probably put a ring on it to stop all the creeps.

Posted by K | February 8, 2010 12:07 PM

Can you imagine how many losers hit on this girl after every show? It must be hell...

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 12:11 PM

I don't think that was K. Pratt that played in the antlers horn section.

Posted by MvsH | February 8, 2010 12:24 PM

Jon Natchez and Tim Cronin were playing horns.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 12:28 PM

ra ra riot? kids incorporated? same thing?

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 1:20 PM

not even close to the same thing.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 3:29 PM

this show was awesome, but the Antlers were head and shoulders above Ra Ra Riot. very powerful performance. and yeah - the orchestra was partly empty because they decided last minute to let floor seat ticketholders who wanted to go GA in the orchestra pit.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 4:50 PM

yeah, the antlers killed friday night, ra ra riot kind of ruined the awesomeness of it. the antlers played with such intensity, it felt like a wall of sound hitting you, and then ra ra riot played and it seemed like all the fans were middle schoolers. still a great night.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 5:10 PM

they really are two different bands playing two different types of music. the vibe for both bands is on opposite poles. to say one band ruined the night is unfair. ra ra riot nailed their set and the antlers killed as well. should they both be on the same bill again, i'd say no.

but all the kids there with their parents was really unsettling. ra ra riot really skews that young?

great show, regardless...

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 6:08 PM

Neither band is really my style (went out of curiosity). With that said, I hated The Antlers. I probably would have walked out if I didn't have a seat. Not saying they sucked--just not my style at all. Seem like a band you either love or hate.

Rara isn't my style either, but they sure had a lot of stage presence and energy. They seemed to be having a blast!

Posted by Cuse | February 9, 2010 9:10 PM

Neither band is really my style (went out of curiosity). With that said, I hated The Antlers. I probably would have walked out if I didn't have a seat. Not saying they sucked--just not my style at all. Seem like a band you either love or hate.

Posted by يوتيوب | December 23, 2010 12:33 AM

Guggenheim billed it as a performance piece and it was just an installation. Resultingly, the crowd simply waited for the "show" to start, limiting anyone's ability to freely explore the space (the ground floor was packed with indian-style seaters, and the balconies were lined with people holding onto their spots like grim death.

Posted by منتديات | January 9, 2011 1:39 PM

Wonderful post and the location is beautiful and elegant in design and information and everything>>> to Favorites
i hear there's a show at shea stadium with so so glos, static jacks, and shapes.

Posted by Elkema | January 19, 2011 8:11 PM

Hey ya'll we lost another one.......but I'm glad to have grown up with gangstarr as representatives of this music that has an incredible history.....hip hop is a book that wrote itself and GURU was definetly one of its main characters.....we are all getting older.....and GURU is one of the MCs that added a soundtrack to our lives in the 80's and 90's.......the NAMES,PLACES and FACES come to mind when I hear a GANGSTARR track.........I thank GOD that he allowed GURU to shine in his short time...........REST IN EVERLASTING PEACE GURU

Posted by تسريحات شعر | January 20, 2011 6:40 AM

wasn't really feeling it. the kids though seemed to like it.

Posted by hal3ween | October 18, 2011 9:59 PM

i was at highline and not williamsburg and the set list posted here seems to fit though I thought they only played 3 songs in the encore (definetely slush and take it in were two of them) though i could be wrong.

Posted by Girls Games | December 4, 2011 3:27 PM

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