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Check Out: Ra Ra Riot – “Boy”

on July 20, 2010, 5:26pm

To date, one of the greatest bills I have ever witnessed was a Washington, DC show in 2007 featuring Tokyo Police Club, Ra Ra Riot, and Jukebox the Ghost. I’ve actually told the story once before, but on that particular evening the two openers completely upstaged the headlining Tokyo Police Club, so much so, that I’ve been religiously following both outfits since then. Ironically enough, both Ra Ra Riot and Jukebox the Ghost will be sharing their respective sophomore efforts in the coming weeks.

Ra Ra’s release, titled The Orchard, arrives on August 24th via Barsuk and today we received our first official taste off it. Simply titled “Boy”, the track drips with stunning instrumentation, ranging from crisp guitar and bass solos to the band’s trademark violin and cello. It all comes together to form one melodic orchestra-pop sound — something which serves as the basis for some of the more unique music in the “indie genre” today.

Stream “Boy” for yourself below. You can grab it as a free download via the band’s official website. Also below, find the band’s upcoming tour dates. Trust me, the sound translates live.

[audio:https://consequenceofsound.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/rarariot_boy1.mp3%5D

Ra Ra Riot 2010 Tour Dates:
07/21 – Hiroshima, JP @ Club Quattro
07/23 – Yokohama, JP @ Blitz
07/24 – Tokyo, JP @ Zepp
07/27 – Kyoto, JO @ KSB Hall
07/28 – Kyoto, JO @ KSB Hall
08/01 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
08/04 – Columbus, OH @ Columbus State Fair *
08/28 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheater %
09/05 – Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot
09/09 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom (Musicfest NW)
09/12 – North Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival
09/21 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
09/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
09/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
09/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
09/27 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl St.
09/28 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Palace
09/29 – Providence, RI @ The Met
10/01 – Boston, MA @ Royale
10/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
10/03 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
10/04 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
10/05 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
10/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre
10/08 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
10/11 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
10/12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
10/13 – Crystal Bay, NV @ Crystal Bay Club
10/19 – Pomona, CA @ Glass House
10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box
10/21 – San Diego, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
10/22 – Tempe, AZ @ @ The Clubhouse
10/24 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbits
10/26 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
10/27 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
10/28 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
10/29 – Little Rock, AR @ Exit/In
10/30 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
11/01 – Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theatre
11/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
11/03 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
11/04 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
11/05 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/13 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore
11/17 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
11/19 – Saskatoon, SK @ Louis’ Pub
11/20 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Garric

* = w/ Devo
% = w/ Tegan and Sara & City and Colour

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