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Ra Ra Riot – “Binary Mind” Video

Ra Ra Riot clearly keep thinking about the future. The video for their song “Dance With Me” takes place in a post-apocalypse New York City where skeletons rule the town. But the clip for “Binary Mind” takes a much more positive spin on how the world will evolve, full of bright colors and Jetsons-esque architecture. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 15, 2013 - 10:43 am

Watch Ra Ra Riot Play Letterman

To continue to promote their third full-length Beta Love, Ra Ra Riot were the musical guests on last night’s Late Show With David Letterman. The band, who has performed on the show before, played the cut “Dance With Me.” Check it out below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 9, 2013 - 11:06 am

Ra Ra Riot – “Dance With Me” Video

Yesterday, Ra Ra Riot released a video for their single “Dance With Me” off their new album, Beta Love. In the video, zombie-skeletons chase the band throughout a post-apocalyptic New York City, culminating in a warehouse party-turned-battle. The storyline seems dark for the Brooklyn-based indie poppers, but quirky cut-and-paste visuals paired with cheesy digital rendering… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 27, 2013 - 1:07 pm

Ra Ra Riot – “Beta Love” Video

David Dean Burkhart, a fan of Ra Ra Riot, recently made his own video for “Beta Love,” the dance-poppy title track from the band’s new album, by editing together footage from a local 1980s Bay Area UHF show called Dance Party. The band liked his work enough to make it the official video, and I’m… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 31, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Stream Ra Ra Riot – Beta Love

We’ve slowly been getting tracks from the new Ra Ra Riot LP, Beta Love, and now the band has made the whole thing available to stream, in advance of its release next week. It’s the band’s first release minus cellist Alexandra Lawn, and as a result, the material is much synthier than past RRR albums. More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 15, 2013 - 2:06 pm

Ra Ra Riot – “Dance With Me” (Stereogum Premiere)

Later this month, Syracuse-spawned indie-poppers Ra Ra Riot will release their new LP Beta Love. It’s their third album but their first as a quartet, with cellist Alexandra Lawn out of the fold. We’ve already heard the title track and “When I Dream,” and now we’ve got a stream of the album opener “Dance With… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 7, 2013 - 8:48 am

Ra Ra Riot – “When I Dream”

Ra Ra Riot’s Beta Love is out next month. They’re a four-piece now, and the loss of Alexandra Lawn’s cello has ushered in an apparently synthier sound. We’ve heard the buoyant title track, and today it is the more minimal, tensely soulful “When I Dream.” Stream it below. More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 13, 2012 - 4:30 pm

Ra Ra Riot – “Beta Love”

Brooklyn-via-Syracuse indie-poppers Ra Ra Riot are set to release their third album — and first since parting ways with cellist Alexandra Lawn — next year, and they’re building anticipation starting today with the release of the album’s first single/title track. “Beta Love” is a pure-pop confection, heavy on the frosting, all synth and falsetto and… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 13, 2012 - 11:21 am

Mathieu Santos – “Northern Mentality” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Ra Ra Riot bassist Mathieu Santos released a solo album called Massachusetts 2010 last year, and today we’ve got the eyebleed of a visual for the single “Northern Mentality.” Given that the song is a percussive, hypnotic indie number, the video is pretty good match, with respect to aesthetic. Cole Hannon directs and composes. More »

By: Corban Goble / June 4, 2012 - 12:05 pm

Ra Ra Riot Cover Steve Winwood With Delicate Steve

On 4/21, Record Store Day, Barsuk and Luaka Bop will release a split 7″ from Ra Ra Riot and Delicate Steve. On one side, Delicate Steve will help Ra Ra Riot to cover Steve Winwood’s cheese-rock classic “Valerie.” And on the other, Ra Ra Riot will help Delicate Steve to cover Brian Eno’s “The Big… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 18, 2012 - 10:12 am

Alexandra Lawn Leaves Ra Ra Riot

Cellist and vocalist Alexandra Lawn is leaving Ra Ra Riot, and she took to the band’s Tumblr to post a heartfelt note:… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 13, 2012 - 9:52 am

Ra Ra Riot Do Fallon

Last night, Ra Ra Riot brought their ornately emotive indie-pop and their general sexiness to the stage at Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, performing their song “Shadowcasting.” Watch the video below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 12, 2011 - 11:14 am

Mathieu Santos – “Silly Thoughts (Balam Acab Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Balam Acab remixed a song from Ra Ra Riot bassist Mathieu Santos’s solo debut Massachusetts 2010. As mentioned previously, Alec Koone is a patient, precise composer, so it’s interesting to give a close listen to what he decided to retain, shift, or implode — that in mind, we have Santos’s original along with Balam’s tweak. More »

By: brandon / July 21, 2011 - 3:42 pm

Indie Rockers Before They Were Famous

After watching the recently unearthed footage of Arcade Fire playing a house party in 2002 and a 17-year-old Robin Pecknold covering Radiohead and Simon & Garfunkel, I thought it would be fun to collect more early videos of our favorite bands from before we ever heard them. Well, fun for us, maybe not so much… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 21, 2011 - 4:01 pm

Remixtape: Vol. 2

A few weeks back James Blake told SPIN, “Remixing is like musical prostitution.” Ha — relax, James Blake. This is the column in which we beg to differ. Much in the spirit of our inaugural Remixtape this month’s collection features reworkings from both in-demand prostitutes and adept indie rock knob twiddlers. Honorable mention to Tyler,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 18, 2011 - 12:50 pm

Ra Ra Riot – “Too Dramatic (The Morning Benders Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

The Morning Benders remixed Ra Ra Riot’s “Too Dramatic” for a single of the same name. They mellowed out the The Orchard track, slowed it down, made it echo “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” Which is what they do. This is what it sounds like:… More »

By: brandon / March 3, 2011 - 9:41 am

Ra Ra Riot Run For Nike

Ra Ra Riot and Nike got together to record a little black & white promo, where you learn a few pieces of band trivia: the band name was a last-minute choice that they were supposed to change, band members have dreams of one day getting separate hotel rooms, and, the band’s two female members Rebecca… More »

By: jessica / November 23, 2010 - 1:14 pm

Ra Ra Riot – “Boy” Video

Ra Ra Riot debuted the video for The Orchard’s first single “Boy.” It stars the band, one friendly cat, and a bunch of patient lighting assistants. Watch:… More »

By: jessica / August 17, 2010 - 11:50 am

Ra Ra Riot – “Too Dramatic”

We posted a live video of Ra Ra Riot playing “Too Dramatic” at 2009’s Noise Pop Festival in their Progress Report for upcoming LP The Orchard. Now you can hear the longtime live staple in studio form:… More »

By: jessica / July 30, 2010 - 11:44 am

Ra Ra Riot – “Boy” (Stereogum Premiere)

In the two years since New York’s Ra Ra Riot put out their debut album, lead singer Wes Miles teamed up with old pal and multi-tasking Vampire Weekend/Boys Like Us/summer song slinger Rostam Batmanglij for Discovery, a pop project framed as a deceptively adept love letter to electro-R&B, by an initially unlikely pair of genre… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 20, 2010 - 4:44 pm
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