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Ra Ra Riot announce new album: Beta Love

on October 24, 2012, 9:30am

 Ra Ra Riot announce new album: Beta Love

Ra Ra Riot fans disheartened by the departure of cellist Ali Lawn can finally wipe the tears from their cheeks. No, Lawn isn’t back, but the Syracuse-bred outfit is ready to return as a four-piece with their new record, Beta Love. The follow-up to 2010’s The Orchard, album number three arrives January 22nd via Barsuk Records.

Inspired by William Gibson’s cyberpunk novels and Ray Kurzweil’s futurist writings, Beta Love found the group recording in a whole new way. Recording with producer Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Wavves) and session drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Devo) in Oxford, Mississippi’s Sweat Tea Studios wasn’t just a change of climate, it was a change of pace. “We’d been used to arriving at a session with every song totally arranged and figured out,” said bassist Mathieu Santos in a statement. “But in Oxford, a lot of the creative decision-making happened in the studio, on the fly.”

In addition to the new release, Ra Ra Riot have announced a string of tour dates that will take them through March of next year. This year sees them playing shows with Passion Pit, Joy Formidable, and Guards, while one luck city will see them with Vampire Weekend in February. Is it yours? Find out below the Beta Love tracklist.

Beta Love Tracklist:
01. Dance with Me
02. Binary Mind
03. Beta Love
04. Is It Too Much
05. For Once
06. Angel, Please
07. What I Do For U
08. When I Dream
09. That Much
10. Wilderness
11. I Shut Off

Ra Ra Riot 2012-2013 Tour Date:
11/14 – Syracuse, NY @ Setnor Auditorium (Syracuse University)
11/28 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s *
11/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Liacouras Center ^
12/08 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon #
12/09 – Hartford, CT @ Arch Street Tavern #
12/11 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall #
12/12 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place #
12/13 – Ithaca, NY @ Haunt #
01/23 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
01/25 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
01/26 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
02/02 – Tokyo, JP @ Hostess Club Weekender &
02/03 – Tokyo, JP @ Hostess Club Weekender &
02/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue
02/08 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater
02/09 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
02/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
02/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
02/15 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
02/16 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
02/17 – El Paso AZ @ Lowbrow Palace
02/19 – Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
02/20 – Austin, TX @ The Belmont
02/21 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
02/23 – Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s
02/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
02/25 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
02/26 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
02/28 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar
03/01 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
03/02 – Madison, WI @ Der Rathskeller
03/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
03/05 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
03/06 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
03/07 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
03/08 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
03/09 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street

* = w/ Passion Pit and Joy Formidable
^ = w/ Passion Pit
# = w/ Guards
& = w/ Vampire Weekend and Ultraista

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