Monday, October 13, 2008

Ra Ra Riot at The Black Cat, Live On Your Computer

Went to see Ra Ra Riot at The Black Cat last night, and when we get there, we're treated with the above sign. That's always pretty awesome. You can check out the stream here at All Songs Considered.

I'm always amazed at how I'm often the oldest person in the room at these kind of things. On the way in, a mother was bringing in a small band of teenagers, each brandishing their Sharpie X's on their left hands. But no matter, I was there to hear good music!

The concert was originally scheduled for the Black Cat's Backstage, but I guess NPR must've given them a tote bag or something, cos they moved it upstairs. And for good reason.

It was packed. And that was just for the opening band. The Morning Benders started things off very nicely, a decent group of chaps from Berkley. The cover of Joy Division's Ceremony was rockin, and the rest of their songs were pretty solid. And he had some really great crowd interaction. That's always a plus

Next up was Walter Meego, and I'm not sure where to slot them. I wasn't really blown away, but it was good and danceable. Lots of people were dancing. And loads more people showed up. It was getting pretty packed by then, and there's always the concert jackass who decides that he can somehow scooch his way to the front of the stage.

Anyway, closing it out was Ra Ra Riot, and they definitely lived up to the hype. As you can tell from the stream, it was full of energy. The strings were really amazing live, very rich and very deep. The song "Winter 05" which is just the cello, violin and drummer was probably one of the highlights for me.

All in all, a good show. If they pass through your town, I'd recommend going to see them.

Muchas gracias to Adam R. for joining me at the show last night.

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