4/11 - Columbus, OH - A&R Music Bar ^*
4/12 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre ^*
4/14 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace ^*
4/15 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz ^*
4/16 - Geneva, NY - The Cracker Factory ^
4/29 - Revolution Live - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
4/30 - Tampa, FL - WMNF's Tropical Heatwave
6/05 - Toronto, ON - Field Trip Festival
6/11 - Cleveland, OH - LaureLive
^ with PWR BTMM
* with And The Kids
Their music sounded raw and unfinished but it fit their look perfectly. The two members swapped places seamlessly between the drums and guitar and they both sang. For the first song they had Taliana Katz on bass, from And the Kids. They switched her out for Mathieu Santos, the bassist of Ra Ra Riot but after a song or two with Mathieu playing bass, they got rid of the bass altogether and just stuck to drums, guitar, and vocals.
Glitter was falling off of Ben's face as he sang through the short set. He explained that he had had the makeup and glitter on all day because they had a performance at Radio K earlier. Even though the set was short, the two members were swarmed at the merch table after their set. The crowd loved it. It was weird, it was strange, the lyrics were funny at times and oddly relatable at other times. I definitely didn't know what to expect from these guys but I walked away with a desire to see them again very soon.
Ra Ra Riot was the headliner of this sold out Thursday night show. These guys are an indie rock band from Syracuse, New York that has been around for years. Their first full length album came out in 2008 and it seems like they have been touring/ performing/ recording ever since.
Ra Ra Riot has a bit of an orchestral feel to them due to the violin and cello but at the same time, it's nothing short of great dancing music. It didn't matter what song they were playing, the crowd reacted the same way and was unable to stand still. It was the first time in a long time where I have seen the Triple Rock turn into what resembled a dance club. Each of the audience members had a smile on their face as they danced and sang along to the indie rock anthems.
Violinist, Rebecca Zeller, had a violin that literally sparkled in the insane light show that was going on due to the rhinestones that covered the instrument. It was hard to take your eyes off of singer Wes Miles due to his charming smile and subtle but fun dance moves. He paced the stage as he sang in his flawless voice that was able to hit notes all over the sound spectrum.
And The Kids was the group sandwiched between these two amazing groups and they were more than able to hold their own. This female trio had energy and feeling behind every single song during their short set. Guitarist Hannah Mohan had a voice that turned heads with the first note. It was powerful and raw but at the same time had a sweet pop vibe to it. Their songs weren't fast and they weren't slow, they were just perfect.
Ra Ra Riot at Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis (07 April 2016)