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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 »

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Progress Report: Mixing their second album, recorded at Black Dog Recording Studio in Stillwater, NY. More »

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Coachella 2010: Jay-Z, LCD, Disco Balls & Chandeliers

Four years into my Coachella career and I’ve never experienced an Indio spring so mild. It’s a gift from the gods meaning Brooklynites like Scott and I can wear jeans all weekend, a blessing with the residual benefit of ensuring nobody in Indio is forced to see our unsightly Brooklynite legs (you are welcome, California). More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 17, 2010 - 9:39 pm

Pygmalion 2009 In Photos

Some 90 acts descended upon Champaign-Urbana, IL this past weekend, performing across 14 venues and four days for the fifth annual Pygmalion Music Festival. We sent photographer John Gitchoff to circle the fest, and he delivers this spread including shots of Low, Iron & Wine, the Antlers, and the Zach Hill-ified Wavves. Enjoy. sounds of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 22, 2009 - 3:37 pm

Street Scene 2009 In Photos

Some 30,000 people over two days crammed into the six-block area in San Diego’s East Village that hosted the 25th annual Street Scene this past weekend. That’s a strong number, albeit down from last year when people weren’t scrambling for money to put food on their families. Still, those who made it witnessed a righteou… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 1, 2009 - 3:12 pm

Ra Ra Riot Girls Wear Clothes

Lucky, a magazine about shopping, is documenting Allie and Becca’s tour wardrobe and beauty regimen this week. Find out how they get their hair so shiny! More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 4, 2009 - 3:43 pm

All Points West Wet 2009 In Photos

When APW presented its inaugural festival last year, we weren’t alone in taking issue with the experience: lack of food options, a fair but generally recycled undercard which played more like “a bunch of bands opening for Radiohead,” an extremely restricted/overpriced drink situation designed to keep people sober and make them feel uncomfortable by boozing… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 3, 2009 - 9:47 am

Join Us For A Discovery Listening Party In NYC

To recap: Rostam from Vampire Weekend and Wes from Ra Ra Riot joined laptops and R&B predilections, invited their buddies Ezra and Angel for a couple of tracks, and turned out a really fun summer LP. We happen to love summer, fun, and LPs. We also love free alcohol and partying on school nights, so… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 22, 2009 - 1:58 pm

New Discovery (Feat. Ezra Koenig) – “Carby”

The VW frontman joins the VW scarfman and Ra Ra Rioter for Discovery’s infectious “Carby.” Pretend it’s VW on an auto-tuned Hot 97 kick at HypeM. Jay-Z? More »

By: brandon / June 15, 2009 - 9:25 am

Hear Some More Of Discovery’s LP

You have a couple of MP3s from the Vampire Weekend/Ra Ra Riot electro-pop side project, and Rostam & Wes have kindly put up two more to stream on their site. Good summer album, and wait until you hear “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” with Angel Deradoorian. Such a jam. More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 10, 2009 - 12:11 pm

Cale Parks Remixes Ra Ra Riot

Aloha drummer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Cale Parks has successfully stepped out on his own for a couple of full-lengths over the past few years, and this remix of Ra Ra Riot’s “Dying Is Fine” comes in advance of his new EP of original tunes, To Swift Mars. The RRR reworking is a stand-alone project, and a stand-up one,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 4, 2009 - 11:03 am

Death Cab For Cutie/Ra Ra Riot/Cold War Kids @ RIMAC Arena (UCSD Campus), La Jolla 4/29/09

After we premiered each track from Death Cab’s new Open Door EP, the band set out on a North American tour that found its way to UC San Diego’s RIMAC Arena last night. Photographer Andrew Youssef made the drive from L.A. to La Jolla (as did a lot of folks impatient for the Hollywood Bowl… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 30, 2009 - 2:24 pm

Vampire Weekenders Prepping Second Album, Side Project With Ra Ra Riot

Overlapping waves of hype and backlash behind them, Vampire Weekend have moved on to the business of making new music. Except that they been had making new music since the halcyon Vampire Weekend days. We first heard “White Sky” on that little record’s support tour, and again recently on Fallon. Now Ezra’s talking about the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 23, 2009 - 4:33 pm

Ra Ra Riot Bring “Can You Tell” To Ferguson

Last week Ra Ra Riot hung out with Rachael Ray in Austin, days later they’re having Craig Ferguson gush over the orange-ness of their Rhumb Line vinyl. They’ve come a long way from Syracuse. The gentle, orchestral indie pop crew performed their latest single “Can You Tell” for Craig, looking no worse the wear for… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 26, 2009 - 3:47 pm

Ra Ra Riot/Telekinesis/Cut Off Your Hands @ El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles 2/28/09

While out in LA, Barsuk pop crew Ra Ra Riot did three things of note: a session at KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic (full band), a sold-out show at the El Rey Theatre (full band), and a full-on power slide a la Bruce Springsteen at said sold-out Los Angeles venue (just Wesley). Photographer Andrew Youssef didn’t… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 4, 2009 - 9:45 am

Hold Steady, Thermals, Ra Ra Riot To Play Rachael Ray’s Second SXSW Showcase

As we previously reported, the feisty foodie is returning to Austin this year for her second awkwardly titled (and conceptualized) SXSW showcase: Rose’s Mojito and Rachael Ray’s Feedback: The B-Side. It takes place 3/21 at Maggie Mae’s with the Hold Steady, the New York Dolls (!), Bob Schneider, the Airborne Toxic Event, Ra Ra Riot,… More »

By: brandon / February 26, 2009 - 4:41 pm

New Ra Ra Riot Video – “Can You Tell”

The last time we saw “Can You Tell,” Ra Ra Riot were showing David Letterman his first cello. For the The Rhumb Line track’s official video, the Syracuse-based Barsukers show up outside someone’s door breathing steam, showing themselves one-by-one through the peephole with flowers (and drum sticks) and lines like “my bed’s too big for… More »

By: brandon / February 6, 2009 - 9:20 am

New Ra Ra Riot – “Ghost Under Rocks (Passion Pit Remix)”

It’s a match made in blog heaven, these two getting together on a track like this: “Ghost Under Rocks” sees Ra Ra Riot at the height of their melodramatic, orchestral pop powers; Passion Pit are an ascendant band that make highly bloggable electro-singles. And the results are, well if you’ve ever heard “Ghost Under Rocks”… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 26, 2009 - 4:20 pm

Pepi Ginsberg Covers Ra Ra Riot

The production throughout Pepi Ginsberg’s third LP Red, expertly handled by Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken, steeps her vocals in a form-fitting, vintage cast. This cover of Ra Ra’s typically bittersweet “Oh, La,” though, trades some of that dust for somewhat drier tones and more modern touches (buzzy bass and an undercurrent of guitar jabs, etc.),… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 29, 2008 - 2:50 pm

Ra Ra Riot Take “Can You Tell” To Letterman

Last night, Syracuse Barsuk troupe Ra Ra Riot brought their meaningful-core to Letterman, performing the poppy but emotional “Can You Tell.” There’s much smiling and mugging between band members, but frontman Wes Miles knows just when to get that faraway look in his eyes (see accompanying screen grab). It’s a more relaxed, assured outing tha… More »

By: brandon / October 14, 2008 - 10:56 am

Ra Ra Riot Bring “Ghost Under Rocks” To Conan

The “Too Too Too Fast” live vid was cute, but I’m glad to see Ra Ra Riot put the big push behind “Ghost Under Rocks.” Two weeks ago the band set up with maps and rhumb lines for the official vid, and last night they brought it to 30 Rock for their network TV debut. More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 3, 2008 - 1:56 pm