Ra Ra Riot, with Delicate Steve and Yellow Ostrich
The Paradise Rock Club ~ Thursday, October 20
Doors at 8pm; 18+; Advance tickets $24.50 w/crappy ticketmaster fees
Here’s a very nice line-up, and by “nice” I mean exquisite: the pretty strings-infused chamber pop of Ra Ra Riot, bringing with them Delicate Steve, who has moments when he/they are anything but, and a wonderful newish band called Yellow Ostrich, who have just released their debut album, and who are quirky and strange as all hell. What a lovely combination.
In August of last year, Yellow Ostrich released three EPs, which were wildly eclectic and quite different from each other. The Serious Kids were, was, as they said, “an experiment in dance music.” Pretty folk-pop harmonies and acoustic treatments were fused with electronic beats and experimental space effects. The Morgan Freeman EP, oddly inspired by his wikipedia page, is this rather strange dancy musical biography of his life. Fade Cave was at the opposite spectrum, containing nothing but vocals and a drum machine (and sounding remarkably richer than just that). The Mistress, Yellow Ostrich’s debut album, was released this past summer on Barsuk Records. It started with one guy, Wisconsin native Alex Schaaf, and is now a three-piece. Very interesting and inventive music.
Headlining will be Ra Ra Riot, a band I first had the pleasure of seeing a few years ago at the Best Music Poll concert here in Boston. Orchestral pop from Syracuse, and I’m almost always won over immediately by a cello and a violin in a rock band. Their last release was The Orchard, released last year on Barsuk Records.
And opening will be the aptly named Delicate Steve, who stirs up wonderfully in-your-face guitar frenzy, little electronic journeys, quirky rhythms, and the occasional acoustic sojourn. Out earlier this year, Wondervisions is a delightful, eclectic combination of all of the above.
Thu-Oct-20 Boston, MA Paradise
Wed-Oct-26 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Fri-Oct-28 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
Sat-Oct-29 Atlanta, GA The Earl
Sun-Oct-30 Birmingham, AL Bottle Tree
Mon-Oct-31 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone Cafe
Wed-Nov-2 Oklahoma City, OK ACM @ UCO
Thu-Nov-3 Dallas, TX Granada
Fri-Nov-4 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live
Mon-Nov-7 Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe Brewing Co.
Tue-Nov-8 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
Wed-Nov-9 San Diego, CA Belly Up Tavern
Thu-Nov-10 Los Angeles, CA El Rey
Fri-Nov-11 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Mon-Nov-14 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Tue-Nov-15 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
Wed-Nov-16 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
Fri-Nov-18 Chicago, IL Metro
Sat-Nov-19 Madison, WI The Sett
Mon-Nov-21 Pittsburgh, PA The Warhol @ Carnegie Lecture Hall