Ra Ra Riot at Revolution Hall Friday, April 1st
Written by Rhiannon and Emma on March 31, 2016
Ra Ra Riot is coming to Portland’s Revolution Hall this Friday, April 1st! Doors are at 8 and the show will be starting at 9.
The group is an Indie Rock band that began on the Syracuse Campus in New York in 2006. They quickly gained momentum, making an appearance at South By Southwest, releasing an album, and embarking on solo tour after just a year together.
They followed their debut self-titled album with The Rhumb Line (2008), The Orchard in 2010 and Beta Love in 2013. Just two months ago their latest album came out, Need Your Light, which features (my favorite song from this album) Water in collaboration with Vampire Weekend’s Rostam, whom they’ve worked with in the past. It’s definitely worth a listen:
The group is known for their upbeat mix of orchestral pop- catchy songs featuring solemn moments from the cello and violin. Ra Ra Riot is often compared to groups such as Vampire Weekend and Passion Pit.
Their first album, The Rhumb Line (2008), is my personal favorite. Winter ’05 and Suspended in Gaffa will always be the quintessential Ra Ra Riot songs to my ears, and Can You Tell from that same album is one of their most popular.
This is also a great opportunity to go and check out one of Portland’s newer venues for those of you who haven’t been already. Revolution hall is a great stage in the renovated turn of the century Washington High School. Hallways full of old trophy cabinets pay homage to the building’s past while the music plays loud and two bars serve late-night food and drink. It’s a spot definitely worth a visit.
Ra Ra Riot’s two openers will certainly be bringing some fans too. Learn more about PWR BTTM, a queer punk duo also out of upstate New York, here: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/20829-ugly-cherries/ and about And The Kids, a colorful trio out of Western Massachusetts here: