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Video of the Moment #1978: Ra Ra Riot

 
By on Thursday, 17th December 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Syracuse, New York indie band Ra Ra Riot have revealed details to their fourth album ‘Need Your Light’, which will see the light of day (no pun intended) on the 19th of February 2016 on Barsuk Records. ‘Water’, a previously unveiled track from the new LP that has gone on to receive airplay on Zane Lowe’s show on Beats1 and some of the most influential radio stations in America, now has a promo video of its own. Lead singer of Ra Ra Riot Wes Miles explains the concept of the video:

It was shot anamorphic in one day in Joshua Tree and L.A. The concept came from Rostam [Batmanglij, of NYC band Vampire Weekend], the co-writer and producer of the song. We actually started talking about this video as we were still imagining and writing the story in the song. The concept of a weary hitchhiker coming out of the desert toward Los Angeles informed the final lyrics, so it really feels like an extension of the song.

Watch the chilled out promo video below. Ra Ra Riot have been recently announced as one of the big names to grace the Savannah Stopover Festival in Georgia in March; read Carrie’s preview of the event here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-cxevaA-38[/youtube]

 

Preview: Savannah Stopover Festival 2016

 
By on Thursday, 3rd December 2015 at 9:00 am
 

Header photo: Ra Ra Riot, by Shervin Lainez

While major music festivals like Coachella, Lollapolooza and SXSW may seem like Mecca for music lovers, the cost and travel time required to attend those events is often prohibitive. For those unable to make the journey to a larger event, smaller regional and local festivals fit the bill perfectly, connecting audiences to artists they might otherwise never be able to see in live performance.  The Savannah Stopover Music Festival scheduled for the weekend of 10-12 March is one such boutique festival, leading directly into the week of SXSW 2016. The coastal Georgia festival will include a number of bands headed to Austin for SXSW, as well as a host of American acts ranging from traditional folk to self-described “queer pop”. Shows will take place across Savannah’s historic downtown district at intimate, relaxed venues that promise better acoustics and longer sets than punters might experience in the chaos of a larger festival.

Headlining the current docket for the Savannah Stopover Festival are upstate New York art pop collective Ra Ra Riot, who will release their new LP called ‘Need Your Light’ in February 2016. The album’s first single, ‘Water’, is a billed as a collaboration with Vampire Weekend keyboard player Rostam Batmanglij, who also contributed to title track ‘Need Your Light’. Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot frontman Wes Miles previously recorded together as an electro-pop duo under the name Discovery, and they channeled the free spirit of that side project for ‘Need Your Light’. You can check out the product of their latest merger in the recently unveiled lyric video for ‘Water’ just below.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/ZpvGu3szE24[/youtube]

London based alt-rock band Yuck have also just completed a new record, their third full-length LP and the follow up to 2014 EP release ‘Southern Skies’. No information has yet been released about the new album, but the band will play the Savannah festival as a true stopover on their way to Austin for SXSW, so presumably album promotion will be forthcoming. In the meantime, you can have a listen to Yuck’s recent single ‘Hold Me Closer’.

One of the most intriguing acts on the Savannah Stopover Festival lineup is Hiss Golden Messenger, led by singer/songwriter M.C. Taylor. Their recent project ‘Heart Like a Levee’ involves a full stage show and a recorded LP of the same title, both inspired by photographer William Gedney’s series of pictures shot in rural Kentucky in 1972. Hiss Golden Messenger premiered the stage show on the 13th of November at Duke University, in Taylor’s native Durham, North Carolina, just ahead of a short run of shows with fellow Savannah Stopover artists No BS! Brass Band. Taylor and his colleagues will complete work on the ‘Heart Like a Levee’ LP before heading back out on tour with Dawes in December.

There are a number of interesting and diverse duo acts on the Savannah bill, including the up-and-coming punk-pop pair Diet Cig (featured in the video below), married folkies David Wax Museum, and the aforementioned queer punk artists PWR BTTM. Solo acts are more-than-adequately represented here by TGTF alumni Christopher Paul Stelling and Luke Rathborne, along with Canadian singer/songwriter Alex Calder and the potentially fascinating avant-garde artist Taryn Miller, who goes by the stage moniker Your Friend.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/iVUcgmnm2GQ[/youtube]

With another list of acts to be announced in January, the Savannah Stopover Festival promises a full weekend of new music from both emerging artists and established favorites. If a trip to Austin isn’t in the cards for your Spring Break next year, a weekend getaway to Savannah might just be the perfect alternative.

 

MP3 of the Day #46: Discovery

 
By on Tuesday, 5th May 2009 at 10:00 am
 

What do you get when you combine the best parts of Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot? A Discovery.

The side project of RRR’s front man, Wes Miles and VW’s Rostam Batmanglij, it sees them take a more R&B electro approach to things,

MP3: Discovery – Orange Shirt
MP3: Discovery – Osaka Loop Line

(via Stereogum)

 

Live Review: Ra Ra Riot and The Answering Machine at London Kings College – 17th February 2009

 
By on Wednesday, 18th February 2009 at 2:17 am
 

The Answering Machine (side)Anyone not in the know might have thought tonight was a joint headlining show. Such was the strength of main support, Manchester’s The Answering Machine. We could use many phrases to describe them, however we’ll nick one from a guy stood behind us to his mate: “They’re like the Strokes if they’d been to Art School and didn’t have money, together with Franz Ferdinand if they’d bunked off Art School or if they’d not spent years poncing around”. Couldn’t have put it better myself.

Angular, fast paced and smartly dressed at first we thought they were going to be a bit of a cliche – good, but not great. However, they certainly had the energy (our poor camera couldn’t keep up with lead singer Martin), racing through their 7 song set with great professionalism. Gemma (pictured right), their bassist, was stood right in front of us and calmly drove the whole thing along whilst Martin and Pat really went for it. A great band you need to check out – and to get you on your way, there’s a free MP3 below.

MP3: The Answering Machine – Another City, Another Sorry

Ra Ra Riot - London KCLSU - 17th Feb 2009 (side)Most people were there for Syracuse’s Ra Ra Riot, the indie darlings slowly taking over Vampire Weekend’s mantle of the UK’s favourite US indie pop band. We caught them in August last year when they struggled to fill Water Rats in Kings Cross. Tonight they’d sold out Kings College. Quite a jump in such a short space of time, for any band.

Lead singer Wesley was on fine form, bouncing around the stage, however it must be said that he seemed a lot less lively than when we saw them in August – throughout their 50 minute set we had a feeling of a band going through the motions. They were good, but not amazing – no tangled cables or crazy omg-they’ve-broken-everything moments. Still, the show proved just how good they are – even when going through the motions they have bundles of energy, and a repertoire of songs that would make many bands blush. Catchy, they appeal to an audience as wide as irritating Rugby lads through to the minuscule bag-of-bones arts students.

Every track got a huge cheer, however the final three were the clinchers for many that took it from a so-so gig to a good one. Ghost Under Rocks was their catapult to the big time, whilst Dying is Fine has one of those choruses everyone loves, and ended with highfives from Wesley to the crowd.

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Video of the Day #1: Ra Ra Riot – Can You Tell?

 
By on Friday, 13th February 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

We’ve been getting so many videos sent to us here at TGTF recently that we’ve decided to make a daily feature out of it. Every day (for the forseeable future) you’ll get a brand new video (well, one we’ve just found) at 6pm.

To start things off, we’ve got Ra Ra Riot‘s new video, featuring a string of people being rejected in the snow. Very fitting with Valentines day tomorrow, and the weather we’ve been having.

Hopefully we will be bringing you another live review (after Last August’s) on Tuesday of Syracuse’s finest, when we (hopefully) catch them and the brilliant Answering Machine at Kings College.

Watch and enjoy:

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asY08yquddo]

Can You Tell is taken from Ra Ra Riot’s The Rhumb Line, which is out now.

 

Best Of 2008: Albums

 
By on Sunday, 28th December 2008 at 1:30 pm
 

It’s been a pretty amazing year for music around the UK, and following on from my top 10 of 2007, here is my top 10 of 2008.

Viva Stereo (roar lion roar album cover)10 – Viva Stereo – Roar Lion Roar
You’ve probably not heard much about this Scottish collective. However, their third album was a surprise favourite for me – anthemic, accessible, slightly My Bloody Valentine and yet still so gorgeous.

Read more about Viva Stereo here.

Favourite: Knee High Boots.

9 – Sigur RósMeð suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
As ever, an amazing collection from the Icelandic group. More pop than previous albums, their songs sound all the more amazing. I caught them live at Hydro Connect Festival in Scotland, where they preceded Franz Ferdinand and blew them out of the water. As the sun went down, they soundtracked the festival for us, showing their sense of humour and making beautiful music that had more than a few grown men in tears.

Favourite: Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

8 – Ra Ra RiotThe Rhumb Line
Dark in places, Ra Ra Riot come from the same school of musical geekiness as Vampire Weekend, but with a bit more serious and a bit less money. Dark in places, the group are still recovering from the death of their drummer in summer 2007, which shows on tracks like “Winter ’05”.

Favourite: Dying is Fine

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