Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:45

Indie Best Bet: Ra Ra Riot

Written by  Emma Kat Richardson
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Ra Ra Riot wsg Healing Power
The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids
June 11, 8 p.m., (616) 272-3758

Any modern sub-culture group described as "baroque pop" has to be a class act, if not a classical act (look at that, a Bach joke!). Without exception, Ra Ra Riot brings heaps of class like you wouldn't believe. With a distinguished resume that includes appearances at SXSW and praise from Spin magazine, the indie outfit has quickly established itself as one to watch, and, more importantly, one to listen to. Keeping busy since 2006, the band has released no less than three full-length albums, four EPs and a large bevy of singles – all striking a particular chord with thinking fans of smart pop sensibilities. Indeed, the group seems so unstoppable that not even the tragic and mysterious drowning death of its original drummer, John Ryan Pike, managed to derail Ra Ra Riot's locomotive-like momentum. Do yourself a massive favor and saunter over to the Pyramid Scheme to let the riot rage deliciously in your heart, if only just for an evening.

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