Sep 17, 2008
Ra Ra Riot's new album combines infectious energy with mature musicianship
By Tara Morgan
A couple of years ago, if you found yourself shuffling down the snowy streets of Syracuse, N.Y., you might have heard the melancholic wail of a violin float out from a half-buried basement window. A split second later, the wall-rattling thump of Ra Ra Riot's dancey chamber pop would've burst through to join it. For the band of six friends, music was a recreational repose from the rigors of academic life at Syracuse University. But within months of playing to college crowds in rickety attics and musty basements, Ra Ra Riot found themselves being hailed by SPIN.com
as one of the best young bands it had heard in a really long time. With a flurry of shows booked and an EP in the works, it seemed things couldn't get better. Then everything changed.
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