Ra Ra Riot at Bowery Ballroom, NY Press

Ra Ra Riot's Alexandra Lawn and Wesley Miles.(PHOTO: Patrick J. Eves)

Just four years ago Ra Ra Riot was playing house parties in Syracuse, NY. Then, the mostly alum college band landed a tour with The Editors, released a self-titled EP in 2007, a debut, The Rhumb Line, one year later, moving course into music.

Last night at the Bowery Ballroom, the sextet graduated to another level, playing the first of four nearly sold-out shows in New York City this week—a second at Bowery tonight with two back-to-back shows at the Music Hall of Williamsburg to follow. (Tickets are still available for tomorrow’s show). Supporting their sophomore album, The Orchard, the upstate rockers had new material that sounded like seasoned songs, more soulful than the pop-driven Rhumb. In fact, Ra Ra Riot even appeared as a veteran band in some manner. Perhaps it’s their confidence on stage or that they’ve had four tumultuous, long years together. In rusty red jeans, singer Wes Miles walked out singing almost hymnal as the rest of the band materialized on stage for a brief instrumental into opener “Boy,” one of eight Orchard tracks off the 15-song set. To kick off their first New York City shows on their North American tour, the band shared a few firsts… Read entire story

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~ by Tina Benitez-Eves on September 23, 2010.

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