Ra Ra Riot
It’s not totally fair to call the Syracuse-based chamber-pop group Ra Ra Riot a junior Arcade Fire. For one thing, there are only five people in Ra Ra Riot. For another, they don’t aim quite as big as the way more popular Montreal collective. And that’s often a good thing. Without Win Butler’s arena-size anthems cluttering up their indie rock, Ra Ra Riot can focus on the little things that make the music on their second album so satisfying: the drifting strings, Wes Miles’ gliding vocals, the way songs never really force the classical-pop arrangements. Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij provide some glistening adornment to The Orchard. But the best songs — the title track, “Boy,” “You and I Know” (which sounds exactly like vintage Fleetwood Mac) — keep the occasional quirks to a minimum, instead emphasizing the subtle interplay among the cello, violin, and traditional rock instruments. It’s no mistake the last song is called “Keep It Quiet.” —Michael Gallucci
Follow us on Twitter: @clescenemusic
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at [email protected].
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.