Entries tagged with: Ra Ra Riot
by Andrew Sacher
New Bedford, MA's Blind Mice count brief Ra Ra Riot drummer Michael Ashley as a member, but you wouldn't guess they have a former member of that band from listening. They make punk-inspired emo with stadium-sized hooks but with a raw, unpolished style that's more fit for basement shows. New single "Nervous" off their upcoming Sunday Songs EP (due 3/17 via Animal Style, pre-order) is a great example of this. Check it out for yourself -- it premieres below.
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.
The Escape Music Festival, which recently moved ot Governors Island, is happening this weekend. Tickets are still on sale and we have a couple of VIP passes you can try to win courtesy of doNYC. Enter via the form below...
The two-day Escape Festival happens October 11-12 in NYC but has just moved locations. Originally set for Pier 9 in Brooklyn, it will now take place at Governors Island Beach Club. Other than locations, the line-up remains the same with Placebo, Yeasayer, Ra Ra Riot, The Crystal Method, Girl Talk and more. There will be free ferry rides from Lower Manhattan to Governors Island. More info on Escape's site. Tickets are still available.
As mentioned the two-day Escape Festival is coming to Brooklyn this fall, happening October 11-12 on Pier 9 at Degraw St and Van Brunt St. The final lineup has just been announced and includes Girl Talk, a Moby DJ set, Anoraak, and The Joy Formidable, in addition to previously announced artists Placebo, Yeasayer, Ra Ra Riot, The Crystal Method and more. There's also a second stage curated by Barcelona's Elrow party-throwers. Tickets are on sale now and full line-up is listed below...
Brooklyn's getting a new music festival this year, Escape Music Festival (courtesy of Balearic Entertainment), which happens from October 11-12 on Pier 9 at Degraw St and Van Brunt St. The festival is planning to host "30 dance music & indie/electro rock acts on two stages over two days and nights," and the phase 1 lineup includes Placebo, Yeasayer, The Crystal Method, Ra Ra Riot, ASTR and others, along with DJ sets from STRFKR and Neon Indian. Early bird tickets are on sale now.
Full phase 1 lineup below...
Like we did at Firefly, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands, BrooklynVegan will be taking over 2-3 hours of the Soundwave tent each day at Bumbershoot in Seattle this Labor Day Weekend. We'll have a mix of live interviews and performances with our hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones, and a very special 3 hour session on Sunday dedicated to Barsuk Records' 15th anniversary.
Ra Ra Riot @ Barclays Center (via @karianneco)
Ra Ra Riot just played NYC, opening for the second of The Postal Service's two shows at Barclays Center on Saturday (6/15). The band will be back in the area on Saturday (6/22) , playing a free show at The Surf Lodge in Montauk. Then, after taking most of the summer off, they'll be back in NYC this fall to headline Terminal 5 on October 9. Tickets go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (6/19) at noon with the regular on-sale starting Friday (6/21) at noon.
That's RRR only October show announced so far. All dates are listed below...
Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.
Initial lineup below...
MS MR @ MHOW this month (more by Toby Tennenbaum)
Montauk venue Surf Lodge's 2013 free Summer Concert Series has an impressive line-up that kicked off Memorial Day Weekend with Theophilus London and Portugal. The Man, and continues this weekend with MS MR on Saturday (6/1). This year's slate includes Bear Mountain (6/8), Willie Nelson (6/9), Django Django (6/16), Ra Ra Riot (6/22), Phosphorescent (6/30), Blonde Redhead (7/13), Father John Misty solo (7/28), Jamie Lidell (8/3) Autre Ne Veut (8/24), and the previously discussed YACHT show (8/31). Again, the shows are free.
Full Surf Lodge Summer Concert Series line-up below...
Bumbershoot is returning to Seattle this year from August 31 to September 2 at Seattle Center. This year's lineup was just announced, and it includes Death Cab for Cutie performing Transatlanticism (in case The Postal Service reuniting wasn't enough Ben Gibbard nostalgia for you), Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, The Breeders, The Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter, Baroness, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Joey Bada$$, Eric Burdon, Bob Mould, David Bazan, Charli XCX, Redd Kross, The Men and more.
Tickets (3-day passes, 2-day passes, and single day tickets) for the festival are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Ra Ra Riot (more by Amanda Hatfield)
How was your Record Store Day? Did you get your hands on one of the limited Binary Mind 10-inches? "Binary Mind contains the title track and the unreleased song "All I Fear" plus three demo versions of "Binary Mind," "Wilderness" and "I Shut Off," all from the Beta Love sessions." If you missed it, ypou can stream "All I Fear" below.
Ra Ra Riot and We Were Promised Jetpacks have added a show together at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on June 13, 2013. Tickets are on sale.
For Ra Ra Riot the show is a headlining date in the middle of their tour with the Postal Service who they play with two nights later at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
For We Were Promised Jetpacks the show is so far a one-off in the USA, so I can't help but assume we'll find out about a NYC show very soon, though we know that so far it won't be part of Summerstage.
All currently announced WWPJ dates, and Ra Ra Riot dates and that unreleased song, below...
The Postal Service @ Mondavi Center, Davis, CA last night (via @naseemk)
It's a big week for The Postal Service, whose 10th anniversary edition of their sole album, Give Up, was released on Tuesday (4/9). On that same day, the band played their first show of their reunion tour in Reno Nevada. You can watch a few videos from that show, as well as last night's performance (4/10) in Davis, CA, below. You can also watch Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello talking about how the Postal Service came to be in a short documentary and stream the reissue via Spotify below.
After their performances at Coachella 2013's two weekends, The Postal Service's tour will eventually hit NYC at Barclays Center on June 14 (sold out) and June 15 (still tickets). It has since been announced that Mates of State will open night 1 and Ra Ra Riot will open night 2. Both bands open other dates on that tour as well. This comes after Ra Ra Riot's run with The Shins.
Updated Ra Ra Riot tour schedule, streams and videos below...
Ra Ra Riot at MHOW in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, The Shins are going on a tour this year which hits NYC on May 26 at Williamsburg Park (tickets go on AmEx/AEG Live presale today [3/28] at 10 AM). Man Man is opening that show, but most of the other dates on the tour are being supported by Ra Ra Riot.
And though you won't be able to see Ra Ra Riot with The Shins in NYC, you can catch them in here TONIGHT (3/28) at Apple Store SoHo, which is totally free. The band will be there from 7 - 9 PM doing a 'Meet the Musicians' session and then playing a short set.
All dates are listed below...
A still from 'Mistaken for Strangers'
The National, who'll headline the Barclays Center in June, are the subject of a new tour documentary, Mistaken for Strangers, which will make its premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival (April 17 - 28). The film was directed by Tom Berninger, whose brother Matt is lead singer of The National. Here's the synopsis:
Adrift in life and fuelled by the desire to create, Tom Berninger accepts his brother's offer to come on The National tour as a roadie and decides to chronicle his experiences with the band. Although Tom starts off with dreams of making a rock documentary (you can watch the portaits he made on each of the band members), a different story emerges as tensions among the band members lead to unforeseen drama. Following the band from Berlin to Paris to Los Angeles to a 2010 Obama rally in Madison, Wisconsin, Mistaken for Strangers is not your typical road documentary.The film will screen on April 17 and will be followed by a special live performance by The National.
Festival packages go on sale to AmEx cardholders on Monday (3/4), which is one day before the entire slate of films for Tribeca will be announced. Festival passes go on sale to the general public following Monday (3/11). Individual tickets will go on sale 4/9 for AmEx cardholders, 4/14 for downtown residents and 4/15 to the general public.
In related news, The National are co-headlining (with fun.) the Boston Calling Music Festival which goes down in Beantown on May 25 and 26. The fest also includes appearances by The Shins, Of Monsters & Men, Dirty Projectors, Andrew Bird and more. Tickets to Boston Calling go sale Friday, March 8 and the whole line-up is below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Ra Ra Riot @ MHOW, 1/22/2013
Congratulations are in order for Ra Ra Riot, who released their latest LP, Beta Love, via Barsuk yesterday (1/22). The release was celebrated at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night with Savoir Adore, the first of two NYC shows.
You could sense a change in the crowds temperament when the band reached back and delivered "Too Too Too Fast", "Can You Tell", "Oh, La", "Ghost Under Rocks", and "Boy." The band took a risk and covered U2′s "Two Hearts Beat As One" and they surprisingly nailed it. You wouldn't normally put Ra Ra Riot and U2 cover band in the same sentence, but trust me, it worked.Hopefully you got into the sold-out show and if not, then maybe you streamed it on Youtube. If you did neither, you can still catch the archived show streaming below. Ra Ra Riot, who have been without Alexandra Lawn for almost a year now, play NYC again on Friday (1/25) at Webster Hall with Guards (sold out).
To no surprise the grand royal was "Dying Is Fine." It's arguably the bands finest moment to date. It's where the bands energy and the crowds reciprocation connected to form their own super-group. Hearing the song in such a magical moment caused a whole bunch of memories to come flooding back to me that were associated with that song years ago.-[We All Want Someone To Shout For]
More pics and a stream of last night's show are below...
Widowspeak @ Brooklyn Bowl, 1/13/2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Ex Cops @ Pianos, CMJ 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
today in NYC
* Taarka @ Barbes
* Wildlife @ The Stone
* Them Jeans @ Lillium
* Matt Costa @ City Winery
* Ryan Ferreira @ Sycamore
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Johnny Winter @ B.B. King's
* Ellie Goulding, St. Lucia @ Terminal 5
* Dwight Yoakam @ The Capitol Theatre
* Soundgarden @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Ex Cops, Hunters, Gambles @ Glasslands
* Danielia Cotton, Muasic @ Bowery Electric
* Christopher Owens, Melted Toys @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mrs. Adam Schatz, Half Waif, Yost @ Cake Shop
* Carl Testa, Anne Rhodes, Joe Morris @ The Stone
* Mieka Pauley, Alastair Ottesen @ Pete's Candy Store
* Ra Ra Riot, Savoir Adore @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Jib Kidder, Wanda and Wonder, Creeptone @ The Delancey
* The Dreebs, Guerilla Toss, Tonstartsbandht @ Death By Audio
* The Zen Tricksters, Rob Baraaco, Keith Kenny @ Brooklyn Bowl
* "The Big Story" w/ Malcolm Gladwell and David Goldhill @ Joe's Pub
* The Top, Cardboard, Cassandra Jenkins, Free Time @ Cameo Gallery
* The Weeks, Junior Astronomers, Street Smells @ The Knitting Factroy
* Juan Wauters, The Hairs, Eleanor, Liz Hogg, I'm Turning Into @ Muchmore's
* Widowspeak, Murals, Alex Laliberte (of Vensaire), Prince Rupert's Drops @ Mercury Lounge
* Alec Berlin, Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion, The British and the French @ Pianos (Showroom)
* Nick Francis, Salina Sias, Ana Egge, Freddie Stevenson, Michael Daves @ Rockwood Music Hall
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Widowspeak, who play a record release party at Mercury Lounge tonight, were interviewed by Bleary Eyed Brooklyn about their new album, Almanac. You can watch that below.
Toronto record label Arts & Crafts, which was co-founded by Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and in honor of that, they're presenting the Field Trip Music & Arts Festival in Toronto on June 8 at Fort York and Garrison Common. The festival's lineup is made up entirely of Arts & Crafts-affiliated bands, including Broken Social Scene, Feist, Bloc Party, Ra Ra Riot, Trust, Cold Specks, Timber Timbre, Jason Collett, Zeus, The Darceys, Hayden, Gold & Youth, and Still Life Still. For Broken Social Scene, the show is an exclusive return from the hiatus they began after their 2011 tour. Early bird tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/16) at 10 AM EST via the festival's website, and full price tickets go on sale Friday (1/18) at 10 AM via the festival's site, ticketmaster, and Toronto retailers Rotate This and Soundscapes. VIP ticket options are available too. Kids get in for free. The festival flyer is below.
The festival happens two days before Canadian music marathon NXNE and a limited number of NXNE wristbands will also gain admission to the festival. It's nice that this time around, the BSS show won't actually be during NXNE.
In addition to the festival, Arts & Crafts will be celebrating the anniversary in other ways, including releasing the double CD/4xLP boxset, Arts & Crafts // 2003-2012, which includes a collection of hits, rarities, and b-sides from the label; and also releasing Arts & Crafts // X, "an entirely original collection of collaborative recordings by artist pairings from the Arts & Crafts roster, including new compositions and fresh, unexpected interpretations."
The label will also be presenting a photography exhibit with photographer Norman Wong, a fashion collaboration with Canadian designer Jeremy Laing, a short fiction contest inspired by Broken Socal Scene's You Forgot It In People, and a pop-up shop which will be open from late May into mid June and serve as a headquarters for AC10 and Field Trip at a TBA location, plus possibly more stuff to come.
The trailer video and flyer for Field Trip are below...
DOWNLOAD: Ra Ra Riot - "Beta Love" (MP3)
Ra Ra Riot at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
As discussed, the band will support that album with a tour, which hits NYC for a hometown show on January 25 at Webster Hall with Cults-related band Guards (who also have a new album coming). Tickets for the Webster Hall show are still available, but if you'd like to see Ra Ra Riot in a smaller venue, you can catch them a few days earlier at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 22 with Savoir Adore. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/4) at noon and if you can't make it, you can watch it from the comfort of your own home when it streams live on the Bowery Presents YouTube channel.
An updated list of dates and those song streams below...
by Bill Pearis
Guards are gearing up for the release of their debut album, In Guards We Trust, which will be out February 5. A couple tastes from the album are ready to scoop into now -- the new single "Coming True" is streamable below, as is the video for "Silver Lining." If you like "whoa-ohs" and instantly sing-a-long choruses (they're not that far from what the Rosebuds do, really), check it out.
They're an engaging live band too, at least when I saw them during CMJ this year. You can find out for yourself as Guards, fronted by Richie Follin (who is also a member of Cults with his sister Madeline), are on a tour now which includes a NYC stop at Knitting Factory on December 15 with TEEN and Your Youth. Tickets for that show are on sale. They'll hit the road with Menomena in February as well, though no dates in NYC for that jaunt.
A list of all Guards dates, video, and streams, below...
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Jeff Goldbloom / fish. @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3
The third annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery happened at Knitting Factory on Saturday (12/1). Musicians of varying styles and ages met at 10 AM and put their names in a hat and the five drummers picked their bandmates at random out of it. They then spent the day coming up with a name, writing original songs and practicing and made their stage debut that night. Proceeds from tickets and merch went to Hurricane Sandy relief. It was a lot of fun.
Even though the members were chosen at random, it seemed like the bands formed kind of naturally and had a cohesive sound. First up for the night was Jazz Karate, which featured Kenny Bernard (Ra Ra Riot), Franz Nicolay (ex Hold Steady / Against Me!), Pamela Martinez (Teletextile), Matt Singer, and Tom Blankenship (My Morning Jacket). With a harp and an accordion onstage, their music veered towards gypsy jazz and included a song about Tony Danza.
Next was Jeff Goldbloom whose members were Lua Rios (Gold Lake), Nick Sylvester (Mr. Dream), Noah Kardos-Fein (YVETTE), and Craig Lulada Pfunder (VHS or Beta). With a distinct sound -- heavy, shoegazy guitar epic-ry -- they were definitely the one group of the night that I'd actually want to see again. Good!
Then came the band I was most looking forward to, that had Yuck drummer Jonny Rogoff, Hospitality bassist Brian Betancourt, and Spanish Prisoners main man Leo Maymind, not to mention Dave Harrington from Nicholas Jaar's band and Gang Signs' Bryan Quackenbush. I was expecting melodic pop, but their name -- fish. -- shoulda been a giveaway. They played one 12-minute "jazz odyssey" type jam that showed just how good their collective musicianship was, but this has never been my thing.
Hardcore Lørd were next and it was almost entirely electronic, with tons of gear and lots of wires onstage. The band was Oliver Chapoy (Certain Creatures / ex Warm Ghost), Michael Sheffield (Sweet Bulbs / Heaven's Gate), Sara Lucas (Callers), and Christopher Puidokas (who toured with Blonde Redhead / The Silent Years). They took forever to set up but were probably my second favorite of the night, warm and ethereal.
The last band of the night was Nylon Guy and easily the most odds-n-sods, with Tyler Villard (Bezoar), Ian Young (touring saxophonist of M83), George Langford (Javelin), Jen Goma (People Get Ready / Sunny Day in Glasgow), and David Sheinkopf (The Subjects). No concessions were made to have a cohesive sound and everybody got to do their thing -- Villard doing a lot of hammer-on soloing, and Young smnoothing things out with his horn, and everyone else just kind of filling in the gaps. They did do a decent cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark," though.
ANIMAL New York were there too and got straight-off-the-board recordings of everybody except Nylon Guy. Check out streams of the other bands, as well as more pics from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3, below.
Ra Ra Riot at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Ra Ra Riot (who no longer count Alexandra Lawn as a member) will release their third full length, Beta Love, on January 22 via Barsuk. The album was produced by Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, The Hives, Wavves) and you can check out the tracklist below.
The band will support the record on tour which includes a hometown show in NYC on January 25 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale October 31 at noon with a general on-sale starting November 2 at noon.
A list of all tour dates, the album tracklist, and the video for "Too Dramatic" from 2010's The Orchard are below.
The Kills at Terminal 5 in February (more by Devan Council)
As mentioned, Montauk vacation spot The Surf Lodge is hosting shows (like the Dirty Projectors one in June) all summer. The summer is nearing its end, but there's still a handful of notable shows left taking place at the venue.
On August 11, Frankie Rose will play, the day after she opens for Little Dragon at Prospect Park (8/10). Then on August 18 it's Chairlift (who tour with The xx this fall) and a day later (8/19), The Kills will play, after playing their free Hudson River Park show (8/18) (which is "sold out"). As mentioned, Nite Jewel plays the Montak venue on August 25, and finally, Ra Ra Riot on September 1. More info at The Surf Lodge's website.
Firefly Music Festival goes down in Dover, Delaware from July 20-22 (which is only about a three hour drive from NYC). The lineup includes Jack White, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, The Black Keys, Polica, Cults, Death Cab for Cutie, Ra Ra Riot, The Felice Brothers, Mariachi El Bronx, Silversun Pickups, Lupe Fiasco, The Head and the Heart, Heartless Bastards, The Killers, John Legend, Bassnectar, Girl Talk, and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now, and camping is available.
No schedule yet, but the full announced lineup is below...
photos by Bryan Bruchman
Ra Ra Riot @ the Rock Shop
Ra Ra Riot played a last minute show at intimate Brooklyn club the Rock Shop last night (3/19). To quote their announcement, they "leave on Tuesday to record a new album and want to play you some new songs" before they go. Those new songs were performed in part by a new member of the band who it appears, at least for last night, has replaced Ali Lawn.
As advertised, the doors opened at 8pm and the show started at 9. They played the songs you can see listed below on the setlist and three more during an encore. All proceeds "will be donated to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls." More pictures below...