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 than their performance of the also sweetly melancholy “Ghost Under Rocks” on Conan early last month. Also, we learn two important things: Letterman audiences love Syracuse and Dave has never seen a cello before this performance.
The Rhumb Line is out via Barsuk. Ra Ra Riot is on the road:
10/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Soundfix
10/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s * %
10/16 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom % *
10/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
10/18 – Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East Downstairs * %
10/25 – London @ Push – Astoria 2
10/26 – London @ London Forum $
10/28 – Newcastle @ Newcastle Academy $
10/29 – Glasgow @ Glasgow Barrowlands $
10/30 – Liverpool @ Liverpool Academy $
10/31 – Bristol @ Bristol Academy $
12/03 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground # !
12/04 – Albany, NY @ Valentines # !
12/05 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall !
12/09 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House # !
12/11 – Louisville, KY @ 930 Listening Room # !
12/12 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In # !
12/14 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle # !
12/16 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar # !
# with So Many Dynamos
* with Walter Meego
% with the morning benders
$ with Vampire Weekend
! with Princeton