Entries tagged with: Alexandra Lawn
3/4 of Otherwhile (via Otherwhile Instagram)
About three years ago, it was announced that Ra Ra Riot cellist Alexandra Lawn was leaving the band. We haven't heard much from her since, but we now know she's formed a new band called Otherwhile with Elizabeth Palmer (guitar, vocals), Paige Conners (bass, vocals) and Stefan Macarewich of The Gromble (drums, vocals, production). Otherwhile recently finished successfully Kickstarting their debut album which they say has "a definite throwback angle to 70s and 80s pop" and they name Fleetwood Mac and The Pretenders as influences. A 13-song tracklist for the album with working titles was posted to their Instagram. Backers are estimated to get their copy in the mail this January.
They've only played a few shows so far, including private gigs for at least two of the backers, but stay tuned for more.
Alexandra Lawn @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011
While this is not a 'goodbye', the time has come for me to leave Ra Ra Riot.Countdown to news of a solo record?
Thank you for the wonderful 6 years-- so many beautiful places visited, with incredible fans & close friends made along the way. I will carry on what I have learned from each and every one of you in future endeavors, whether it be music, becoming a pilot, or the next Iron Chef.
Playing music with Rebecca, Milo, Wes, Mathieu, John, Kenny, Gabriel, and Cameron has provided some very special opportunities in my life, alongside all the talented and amazing bands that have shared the stage with us throughout. I have learned so much from all of you, and most importantly, you have have taught me to strive every day to be a better musician and songwriter.
The pictures in this post are previousy unposted pictures from Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 which took place in Austin in November not long before the band played Metro in Chicago (pics at the link). Chicago was the fourth-to-last date of the band's November tour. They've maybe played a few shows since then, but not many. More (of these pictures from one of Ali's last shows with the band) below...
photos by Chris La Putt
In late January the guard post at the top of the stairs in the Kimmel Center was eliminated.Just a few weeks after the NYU students refused to get out of the Kimmel Center cafeteria, Marnie Stern, Ra Ra Riot, A Place To Bury Strangers and Apache Beat shared a bill at a concert in the same building. Here are pictures of two of the bands that played the show last night (3/5)....
But now, only a short month later, the guard is back because of the recent protest by Take Back NYU.
The NYU Department of Public Safety has reinstated the guard at Kimmel -- as well as an additional guard on the 12th floor of Bobst Library -- in order to increase security after the protests.
"These stop-gap measures were taken out of prudence and caution following ... [the] events at Kimmel," said Jules Martin, NYU's vice president of Public Safety. [NYU Washington Square News]
photos by Tim Griffin
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the nation's leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate and provider. For more than 90 years, we've done more than any other organization in the United States to improve women's health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible choices.Regina Spektor, Ra Ra Riot and The Bloodsugars made up the bill at the Planned Parenthood benefit concert that took place at Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (1/22). There was also a raffle. To quote Tim, they "gave away a lot of high end pampering ($300 haircuts etc), 1 day of recording studio time, a vintage guitar, ipod touches, and a bunch of cds autographed by the bands and a meet n greet with Regina."
Tim also said Regina was amazing, and that many in the crowd thought so even more than him ("they kept crying out I LOVE YOU! every 2 minutes"). At the beginning of her long set, she forgot some lyrics, but "it didn't take long for the audience to sing along in unison to prompt her along." As you can see in the pictures, she had a big piano there on the Bowery Ballroom stage.
Ra Ra Riot put on "their usual good show", and Tim said that The Bloodsugars were a good opener "and really earnest". You can catch the Bloodsugars next at the Guilt By Association Vol. 2 Release Party at the same NYC venue on February 5th. Francis and the Lights and Savoir Adore are also on that bill. Ra Ra Riot don't have any other scheduled NYC dates at the moment, but they do have plenty of other tour dates.
More pictures from the show below...
Photos by Chris La Putt
Ra Ra Riot and Walter Meego played their first of two NYC shows together last night (10/16). It was at Bowery Ballroom Tonight's (10/17) is at Music Hall of Williamsburg. More pictures from last night including one of RRR's setlist, below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
It was a free show last night....