Sunday, October 17, 2010

Jeff's Weekly Pick: Ra Ra Riot @ Belly Up Thursday October 21, 2010

In less than five years, Syracuse indie rock band Ra Ra Riot have come from relative obscurity to frenetic live show fan favorites. Led by front man Wes Miles, who is accompanied by two guitarists and a violinist, cellist and drummer. This mix of strings and guitars gives the band its unique chamber pop sound, bringing a high energy to its live performances. Signed by Barsuk Records in 2008, The Rhumb Line was the band's initial full length release. Constant touring in the US and in Europe brought increased notoriety to the group. Ra Ra Riot offered its sophomore LP, The Orchard, this past August. Critics have been somewhat mixed with regard to this album. I believe it is all part of the maturation process, since the band members are still quite young. Maybe it is just a case of doing what you do best while not taking too much advice from others. What one cannot dispute is the passion the group possesses, and it will be on display this Thursday at North County's premier venue. Should be a great night indeed.

Villagers and Givers set the stage.

Watch a video of Boy below.

Ra Ra Riot - Boy

RA RA RIOT | MySpace Video

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