Ra Ra Riot. Photo by: Barsuk Records / YouTube
Ra Ra Riot. Photo by: Barsuk Records / YouTube

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SxSW Music 2016 has a wide range of new talent to sink your teeth into. Last month, the festival announced Ra Ra Riot will be performing live on stage. The band is touring heavily to start off 2016, and left an opening in their tour schedule in March.

Jon Favreau has noted that SXSW is the place where filmmakers want to release their motion picture projects, and I am seeing a trend for artists to release new music on a national/international scale.

Ra Ra Riot fits the indie scene perfectly. The band has a new album coming out in February titled Need Your Light. They are currently on Barsuk Records, and let their music stand on its own.


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Need Your Light | Album Release Date 02-19-2016

All songs produced by Ryan Hadlock, except for Water and I Need Your Light, which were produced by Rostam Batmanglij.

Vinyl is a limited edition pressing on translucent Teal. Pre-order is available now, and digital release will also be on 2/19/2016. Scope out the track listing below.

1. Water
2. Absolutely
3. Foreign Lovers
4. I Need Your Light
5. Bad Times
6. Call Me Out
7. Instant Breakup
8. Every Time I’m Ready To Hug
9. Bouncy Castle
10. Suckers


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Tour Dates

Date Venue Location Tickets
Feb 21 Culture Center Theater Charleston, WV Tickets
Mar 02 The Hollow Albany, NY Tickets
Mar 03 Paradise Boston, MA Tickets
Mar 04 Webster Hall New York, NY Tickets
Mar 05 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA Tickets
Mar 06 9:30 Club Washington, DC Tickets
Mar 08 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC Tickets
Mar 10 Savannah Historic District Savannah, GA Tickets
Mar 11 Aisle 5 Atlanta, GA Tickets
Mar 12 Saturn Birmingham, AL Tickets
Mar 13 Exit In Nashville, TN Tickets
Mar 15 Walter’s Downtown Houston, TX Tickets
Mar 19 Live Oak Music Hall Fort Worth, TX Tickets
Mar 21 Valley Bar Phoenix, AZ Tickets
Mar 22 The Irenic San Diego, CA Tickets
Mar 24 Teragram Ballroom Los Angeles, CA Tickets
Mar 25 Soho Restaurant & Music Club Santa Barbara, CA Tickets
Mar 27 The Independent San Francisco, CA Tickets
Mar 30 Neumos Seattle, WA Tickets
Mar 31 The Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, Canada Tickets
Apr 01 Revolution Hall Portland, OR Tickets
Apr 03 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT Tickets
Apr 04 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO Tickets
Apr 06 The Riot Room Kansas City, MO Tickets
Apr 07 Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN Tickets
Apr 08 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL Tickets
Apr 11 A&R Music Bar Columbus, OH Tickets
Apr 12 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale, PA Tickets
Apr 14 Lee’s Palace Toronto, Canada Tickets
Apr 15 Bar Le Ritz PDB Montréal, Canada Tickets
Apr 16 The Cracker Factory Geneva, NY Tickets

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