For the past month or so, Ra Ra Riot has become my obsession. Their self-titled EP has been on repeat and I’ve listened to every live session they’ve done on WOXY and Daytrotter. Luckily for me and other residents of Lawrence, they’re playing at Jackpot Saloon on May 8 with The Little Ones and Boo and Boo Too. And although they label their music as “Healing & Easy Listening” on MySpace, their sound is more of a combination of indie rock and classic strings, think Arcade Fire-esque.
Five of the six members are recent Syracuse University graduates and although they suffered a tragic loss with the death of original drummer, John Pike, they’re still making a name for themselves having gone on tour with Editors and Art Brut. They also call bands like Vampire Weekend, Tokyo Police Club, and Mason Proper their buddies.