Ra Ra Riot. El Rey. February 28, 2009.

I became a fairweather fan of the Ra Ra Riot album, spending little time listening through to its entirety and skipping only to the "most listened to." I was pleasantly surprised by their live show, which was a combination of hip shaking pop and inner reflective indie rock (the latter a homage to their former drummer, John Ryan Pike, who passed away in an unfortunate drowning incident in 2007). For such a young band to decide to stay together, it shows emotional strength to create their first full length album The Rhumb Line. What manifested was something quite special.

Playing for a packed house, the band reins from Syracuse, New York. They are made up of: head cheerleader and vocalist Wes Miles, bassist Mathieu Santos, guitarist Milo Bonacci, and the pizzazz of strings Alexandra Lawn (cello) and Rebecca Zeller (violin).

I felt emotionally connected to the music and appreciate them more having seen them live. Their finesse must've come after opening for bands like Bow Wow Wow and Tokyo Police Club and most recently for Vampire Weekend and Los Campesinos!

Ra Ra Riot were recently live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic:

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