Is Ra Ra Riot just another intellectual, inoffensive indie rock band, designed for college freshmen to discover after abandoning typical KROQ fare? Well, maybe. But they happen to be a very good iteration of that archetype, surfacing in 2008 as a less quirky version of their New York state-mates Vampire Weekend with their full-length debut The Rhumb Line. Just take a listen to the pastoral melodies of Oh La, a song as simple and breezy as the title suggests. This year brought a follow-up, the predictably acclaimed The Orchard. While retaining the same appealing sensibilities, the affair is pepped with the subtle synth sounds found on songs like Boy. Ra Ra Riot is nothing youll impress your cool friends or shock your parents withits just good music.
Tue., Oct. 19, 7 p.m., 2010