Indie Pop Dance Party: Ra Ra Riot at Neumos


Ra Ra Riot released their fourth album Need Your Light earlier this year, which continues the same indie pop sound they have been known for. The album was produced by Ryan Hadlock, who has worked with The Lumineers, and also had former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij produce “Water” and “I Need your Light.” One thing I really like is that in playing these upbeat songs, they have found a way to even make the violin sound happy.


The band took the stage around 11 to a sold-out show at Neumos, which was ready for the dance party. The show kicked off with “Too Too Too Fast” from their debut record The Rhumb Line. They went on to play  “Dance With Me,” “Binary Mind,” “Foreign Lovers,” and ended the main set with hits “Boy,” “Absolutely,” and “Water,” during which everyone was having a blast dancing.


After their return for the encore, they played “Dying is Fine” and ended with new single “I Need Your Light.” I really enjoyed their set and like the upbeat tunes. It’s always great when an artist can bring me back to the 80s pop sound without sounding like they are repeating it. This is a band to watch out for, with much talent and joy for what they create on stage.

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Sophia Barkalakis

Music is probably the most important part of her life. Sophia is constantly searching for new material, old and new. Always looking forward to the next live show she can attend, ready to immerse herself in the sound. "There is something so magical about attending a live show that you cannot possibly feel from a recording itself that makes it worth going to", she says. She also says she's lucky to be able to combine her passion for music with her obsession of capturing moments. She finds that being able to look at a photograph and be transported to that second of your life is indescribable and she's so grateful for all those great moments.

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