Ra Ra Riot Play Terminal 5 Tomorrow NightOctober 8th, 2013
Ra Ra Riot originally came together in 2006 to play house parties around Syracuse University, which the band’s members attended. From the outset, they had a unique sound, deftly combining indie-rock sensibilities with chamber pop, even employing a violin. They’d relocated to New York City by the time their debut LP, The Rhumb Line, arrived in 2008 to a fair amount of acclaim. According to Rolling Stone, the group combined “Arcade Fire’s orchestral reveries with Vampire Weekend’s pop sensibility for an album that’s both effervescent and heartbreaking.” On their third full-length, this year’s Beta Love (stream it below), frontman Wes Miles, drummer Kenny Bernard, guitarist Milo Bonacci, bassist Mathieu Santos and violinist Rebecca Zeller moved in a slightly different direction, making a more electronic, synths-heavy album, about which Consequence of Sound reports: “Ra Ra Riot is ready to dance. Really dance.” And you can dance, too, when you catch Ra Ra Riot (above, performing “Beta Love” at Music Hall of Williamsburg for The Bowery Presents Live) tomorrow night at Terminal 5.