album review: ra ra riot:: the rhumb line::: barsuk
    • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2008

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    When Ra Ra Riot lost their original drummer, 23 year old John Pike, to an accidental drowning back in June of '07, somehow, the band picked up the emotional pieces and mustered enough strength to forge ahead. Not too long after the accident, the band was back on the road, following their spunky, collegiate brand of indie pop wherever it could take them...so quickly in fact, one might forgive anyone who presumed Pike's passing hadn't quite sunk in. But on their brilliantly crafted debut disc The Rhumb Line, any doubts concerning how these co-eds coped with such an ultimate loss, are quickly invalidated. Pike's death must have ripped them apart, making The Rhumb Line (Barsuk) a very touching tribute to a legacy snuffed painfully too short. - KEEP READING - david pitz

    Ra Ra Riot on Tour
    9/3 Lambi (Montreal, QC)#
    9/4 Horseshoe Tavern (Toronto, ON)#
    9/5 Mojo's (Jamestown, NY)#
    9/6 Bug Jar (Rochester, NY)#
    9/7 Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
    9/9 The Basement (Columbus, OH)#
    9/10 Case Western (Cleveland, OH)
    9/11 Subterranean (Chicago, IL)#%
    9/12 7th Street Entry (Minneapolis, MN)#%
    9/14 Jackpot Saloon (Lawrence, KS)#%
    9/16 Hi Dive (Denver, CO)#%
    9/17 Kilby Court (Salt Lake City, UT)#
    9/18 Neurolux (Boise, ID)#
    9/20 King Cobra (Seattle, WA)#
    9/21 Media Club (Vancouver, BC)#
    9/22 Doug Fir Lounge (Portland, OR)#
    9/24 Rickshaw Stop (San Francisco, CA)#
    9/25 The Echo (Los Angeles, CA)#
    9/28 The Casbah (San Diego, CA)#*
    9/29 Modified (Phoenix, AZ)#*
    9/30 Plush (Tucson, AZ)#*
    10/2 The Loft (Dallas, TX)#*
    10/3 Stubb's (Austin, TX)#*
    10/4 Rudyards (Houston, TX)#*
    10/7 The Social (Orlando, FL)#*
    10/8 Club Downunder (Tallahassee, FL)#*
    10/10 Drunken Unicorn (Atlanta, GA)#*
    10/11 Local 506 (Chapel Hill, NC)#*
    10/12 Black Cat Backstage (Washington, DC)#*
    10/14 Ottobar (Baltimore, MD)#*
    10/15 Johnny Brenda's (Philadelphia, PA)#*
    10/17 Music Hall Of Williamsburg (Brooklyn, NY) #*
    1018 Middle East Downstairs (Cambridge, MA)#*
    # w/ Walter Meego
    % w/ Pepi Ginsberg
    * w/ the morning benders

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