PICS: Ra Ra Riot at House of Blues

Ra Ra Riot worked a packed House of Blues crowd into a frenzy on Oct. 19.

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Ra Ra Riot tore through downtown’s House of Blues on Oct. 18-19.
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They opened for fellow indie rockers Young the Giant both nights. Talk about a one-two double whammy!
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Ra Ra Riot currently consists of Wes Miles, Mathieu Santos, Milo Bonacci, Rebecca Zeller, and Kenny Bernard.
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The band originally formed in Syracuse, New York in January of 2006, playing at houses and venues around the Syracuse University campus. Go orange!
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A little more than six months later, they played the CMJ Music Marathon, and were hailed as “one of the best young bands we’ve heard in a really long time” by Spin magazine.
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They released their eponymous debut EP in 2007, followed by their Barsuk label debut album, “The Rhumb Line,” the next year.
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Their second album, “The Orchard,” was released on Aug. 24, 2010 and was mostly produced by Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla.
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In 2011, their song “Boy” was used in a Honda Civic commercial as well as an episode of the Showtime TV series “Shameless.”
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The band’s third studio album, “Beta Love,” was released on Jan. 22, 2013. It marked a significant stylistic shift from baroque-style pop to more synth-esque music.
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Their latest album, “Need Your Light,” was released on Feb. 19 of this year. It peaked at No. 15 on the U.S. Indie Rock albums chart on Billboard.
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Ra Ra Riot’s setlist on Oct. 18 featured the following songs: “Too Too Too Fast,” “Binary Mind,” “Too Dramatic,” “Every Time I’m Ready to Hug,” “Foreign Lovers,” “Bouncy Castle”…
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“Beta Love,” “Each Year,” “Dance with Me,” “Absolutely,” “Boy,” “Water” and “I Need Your Light.”
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