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Combining indie rock with chamber pop flourishes (courtesy of a small string section), Ra Ra Riot formed while the band's six members were attending college in Syracuse, New York. Milo Bonacci (guitar), Alexandra Lawn (cello), Wesley Miles (keyboard/vocals), John Pike (drums), Mathieu Santos (bass), and Rebecca Zeller (violin) first came together in January 2006, creating an eclectic sound that allowed them to play alongside the Horrors, Bow Wow Wow, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin within a year of the band's formation. After pulling up stakes and relocating to New York City, the band recorded a self-titled EP and prepared to release it during the summer of 2007. That June, however, Pike died after disappearing one night from a party in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. His body was later found in nearby Buzzard's Bay. Several weeks later, the mourning bandmates issued a statement confirming their continuation as a band. Ra Ra Riot joined the roster at V2 Records later that year before switching their American operations to Barsuk Records, who signed them in May 2008 and released their debut album, The Rhumb Line, in August. Reviews were positive, and Ra Ra Riot spent the better part of a year on the road, where they toured with bands like Death Cab for Cutie and headlined their own performances as well. During a lull in their schedule, the musicians decamped to a peach orchard in upstate New York, where they spent several weeks writing songs and recording demos. Those songs eventually made their way onto The Orchard, Ra Ra Riot's second album, which appeared in August 2010. In 2012, Lawn announced she had left the band. The band did not replace her and in 2013 delivered their third studio album, Beta Love. Influenced by sci-fi author William Gibson, as well as the work of writer/inventor Ray Kurzweil, the album found the band moving in a more synth pop-oriented direction. In 2016, Ra Ra Riot returned with their fourth album, Need Your Light, featuring production from former Vampire Weekend guitarist Rostam Batmanglij. Included on the album were the singles "Water" and "Absolutely." ~ Andrew Leahey & Kenyon Hopkin
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Albums by
Ra Ra Riot

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    Need Your Light

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    Beta Love

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    The Orchard

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    The Rhumb Line

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    Dance With Me

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    Boy

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    Foreign Lovers

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    Absolutely

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    Water

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    Binary Mind

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    Valerie

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    When I Dream

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    Beta Love

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    Too Dramatic - EP

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    Dying Is Fine

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    Can You Tell

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    Ghost Under Rocks


Top Songs by
Ra Ra Riot

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    Popularity
  2.   Dying Is Fine
  3.   Ghost Under Rocks
  4.   Boy
  5.   Beta Love
  6.   Water by Rostam
  7.   Foreign Lovers
  8.   Can You Tell
  9.   Too Dramatic
  10.   When I Dream
  11.   Absolutely
  12.   I Need Your Light
  13.   Dance with Me
  14.   The Orchard
  15.   Shadowcasting
  16.   Instant Breakup
  17.   Winter '05
  18.   What I Do for U
  19.   Suspended In Gaffa
  20.   Suckers
  21.   Every Time I'm Ready to Hug
  22.   Foolish
  23.   Each Year
  24.   Call Me Out
  25.   I Shut Off
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