The Belly Up is primed to showcase a number of today’s finest indie pop acts just in time for the weekend: New York darlings Ra Ra Riot will be accompanied by the sunny one-two punch of Los Angeles’ Pacific Air and Cayucas on Friday.
Ra Ra Riot’s new record, Beta Love, stands as a sonic departure from their firmly established orchestral leanings. An array of synthesizers and drum machines weigh thoughtful hooks to the floor, where cello arrangements once wisped them along effortlessly. The band's new sound has reportedly been influenced by cyperpunk novelist William Gibson and futurist Ray Kurzweil, which likely marks this tour as an intriguing change of the guard for the seasoned band.
The supporting cohorts at Ra Ra Riots's show aren’t slumps, either. Formerly known as KO KO, Pacific Air inhabits a state of shimmery catchiness akin to electro-pop stars Passion Pit. It would be no surprise if their infectious new single, “Float,” has made its way to your ears already, as it’s an irresistible radio-ready treat. Up first Friday will be Cayucas, who possess a vibrant surf nostalgia that conjures welcome memories of warm summer days at Black’s Beach.
The show is $20 presale or $22 at the door (21 up). Doors are at 8:30 p.m.; the show will begin at 9 p.m.