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Friday To-Do: Ra Ra Riot

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RA RA RIOT
9 p.m., Revolution. $15.

When you throw down $15 to see a favorite band for the first time, there's always that risk that what you fell for on record won't translate live. But short of a speaker blowing or a freak violin accident, Ra Ra Riot looks like a safe bet to put on a strong live show. The six-piece specializes in slightly prog-y pop with big orchestral flourishes; these guys really know how to play their instruments. Formed when its members were students at Syracuse, the band enjoyed a rapid ascent in the indie ranks. In the winter of 2006 they were students; in the winter of 2007 they were signed to Universal subsidiary V2. Comparisons to Vampire Weekend, which entered the New York scene around the same time, have followed the band through two albums. Sure, both are polite and sunshine-y, but there's way more drama in Ra Ra Riot's music than in that of its pals Vampire Weekend — the chamber pop flourishes provided by cellist Alexandra Lawn and violinist Rebecca Zeller and frontman Wes Miles' mournful vocals almost recall Morrissey. Heralded Dublin act Villagers recalls Elliott Smith in the opening slot. Lafayette, La.'s Givers round out the bill for the all-ages concert.


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