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Ra Ra Riot – Terminal 5 – October 9, 2013

October 10th, 2013

Photos courtesy of Mike Benigno | mikebenigno.wordpress.com


Ra Ra Riot Play Terminal 5 Tomorrow Night

October 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.


A Second Chance to See the Postal Service Live

June 14th, 2013

Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and electronica musician Jimmy Tamborello (also known as Dntel) decided to make music together more than a decade ago. But since Gibbard was in Seattle and Tamborello lived in Los Angeles, they shared ideas, lyrics and instrumental tracks through the mail, which, ultimately, gave them the name of their band: the Postal Service. They put out one electronica- and indie-pop-filled full-length album, Give Up (stream it below), in 2003, which included backing vocals from Jenny Lewis
and Jen Wood, and received plenty of love from critics and fans alike. But despite a successful tour in support of the album, that was pretty much it. Or was it? Thankfully, SubPop recently reissued the album with a host of bonus tracks to celebrate its 10-year anniversary. And following a much-ballyhooed appearance at this year’s Coachella, the Postal Service (above, performing “Such Great Heights” at Coachella) have hit the road. Tonight’s show with Mates of State is sold out, but you can see them—with Ra Ra Riot opening—tomorrow night at Barclays Center.


Boston’s Calling …

May 24th, 2013

While summer doesn’t technically start ’til June 21st, the summer season kicks off today, with the beginning of Memorial Day weekend. And what better way to do that with a music festival featuring a lineup that kicks all 11 kinds of ass over the course of two days and nights at the Boston Calling Music Festival. Tomorrow’s docket includes fun. (above, performing “Some Nights” on Saturday Night Live), the Shins, Marina and the Diamonds, Matt & Kim, Portugal. The Man, Cults, MS MR, St. Lucia and Bad Rabbits. Not to be outdone, Sunday features the National (below, doing “Bloodbuzz Ohio”), Of Monsters and Men, Young the Giant, Andrew Bird, Dirty Projectors, Ra Ra Riot, the Walkmen, Youth Lagoon and Caspian. Pretty great, right? So what are you waiting for? Head directly to Beantown and spend your weekend rocking out.




Ra Ra Riot – Music Hall of Williamsburg – January 22, 2013

January 23rd, 2013

(Watch all of last night’s show, streamed live from Music Hall of Williamsburg on The Bowery Presents Live, on demand until 9 a.m. EST on Friday.)

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com

Ra Ra Riot Have a New Attitude

January 17th, 2013

Ra Ra Riot’s third LP, Beta Love, comes out on Tuesday, 1/22, and that night the band will celebrate the release with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg that streams live in HD on The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube at 10 p.m. EST. When we caught up with the band at their Brooklyn practice space to film them performing “I Shut Off” (http://tbp.im/V9bdgA), frontman Wes Miles and violinist-keyboardist-vocalist Rebecca Zeller talked about the creation of Beta Love, and how they reimagined their entire creative process to make it come to life.

Exclusive Video: Ivan & Alyosha Perform in a Hat Shop

January 16th, 2013

Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbary originally teamed up as a duo in 2007, making feel-good folk music and taking the name Ivan & Alyosha from Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamzov. Since then, the band has become a quartet, and, according to NPR, their music is filled with “Beatles-esque harmonies and infectious guitar hooks.” And while they may hail from rain-soaked Seattle, their sunny California vocals shine through in this acoustic version of “Be Your Man” exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live.

While trying on hats at Victor Osborne’s on the Lower East Side, the guys in Ivan & Alyosha discuss the band’s name, spirituality in their music and how they collaborate. Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/13DAlix. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for more cool performances and revealing interviews, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows, like Ra Ra Riot next Tuesday at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Ra Ra Riot to Stream Live from Music Hall of Wiliamsburg on 1/22

January 3rd, 2013

Ra Ra Riot unveil a special version of a brand new track off Beta Love, their new album, due 1/ 22 on Barsuk Records, recorded in their Brooklyn rehearsal space. The band will celebrate the album’s release that night with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which will also stream live on The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.

(Ra Ra Riot also play Webster Hall on 1/25.)

Ra Ra Riot – The Bowery Ballroom – September 21, 2010

September 22nd, 2010

Ra Ra Riot - The Bowery Ballroom - September 21, 2010

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

(Tickets are still available for Ra Ra Riot’s show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow.)