Ra Ra Riot Team Up With The Shins and The Postal Service

Ra Ra Riot 'Beta Love'A catchy Indie Pop storm was brewing around Syracuse University in 2006 — and that storm turned out to be Ra Ra Riot. Since those academic beginnings, the Indie rockers have gone on to release three full-length albums, culminating with 2013’s Beta Love (via Barsuk Records). And now, in support of their new record, the frenetic foursome will be setting off across the States with not one, but two legendary Indie bands: The Shins and The Postal Service, who Ra Ra Riot will be joining for part of the Give Up tenth anniversary tour.

This epic Spring/Summer tour will take Ra Ra Riot across North America, and each stop is sure to be a packed event, so make sure to grab your tickets fast. But that’s not all: The Lighthouse and the Whaler, Speak, and a smattering of other raucous live acts will be performing with Ra Ra Riot during their extensive summer schedule. Consider your Indie concert calendar officially booked.

To catch you up to speed on the new record, Beta Love is the first recording for the group as a four-piece — Wes Miles on vocals, Milo Bonacci on guitar, Mathieu Santos on bass, and Rebecca Zeller on violin — and it’s a dynamic aural adventure. Equally melodic as it is infectious, epic as it is dance-inducing, Beta Love can be the soundtrack to your next dance party or just as easily, your leisurely weekend drive. The band stated that the new album’s songs were informed by cyberpunk novelist William Gibson and futurist Ray Kurzweil, and it makes sense, as Beta Love shows the band heading towards a more Synthpop, futuristic sound.

If you already have a copy of the new record and are looking for more Ra Ra Riot music, you’re in luck: the group is releasing Binary Mind as a special Record Store Day 10-inch vinyl. The special release includes both the title track as well as the unreleased song “All I Fear,” and for you die-hard B-side lovers, demo versions of “Binary Mind,” “Wilderness” and “I Shut Off,” all from the Beta Love sessions. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the vinyl though, as the release is limited to 1,000 copies.

But wait, there’s more. The group will also be playing the Boston Calling Music Festival, sharing the stage with acts like The National, Of Monsters and Men, Matt & Kim, and more. Check out Ra Ra Riot‘s full tour schedule after the jump.

Ra Ra Riot Tour Dates:
**with The Postal Service
^ with The Shins
* with The Lighthouse and the Whaler
+ with Speak
% with Fun., The Shins, The National, Of Monsters and Men, The Walkmen, Andrew Bird, The Dirty Projectors, Matt & Kim, and Cults
++ with Feist and Broken Social Scene
## with Björk and Stars

April 24: Louisville Waterfront Festival — Louisville, KY
May 3: Beachland Ballroom — Cleveland, OH*
May 4: Deluxe — Indianapolis, IN*
May 5: Blue Note — Columbia, MO*
May 6: Cain’s Ballroom — Tulsa, OK*
May 8: Lowbrow Palace — El Paso, TX+
May 9: The Crescent Ballroom — Phoenix, AZ+
May 11: MontBleu Resort & Theater — Stateline, NV^
May 12: Knitting Factory Concert House — Boise, ID^
May 13: Park City Live — Park City, UT^
May 15: The Riot Room — Kansas City, MO
May 17: Hangout Festival — Gulf Shores, AL^
May 18: Minglewood Hall — Memphis, TN^
May 19: Aragon Ballroom — Chicago, IL^
May 21: Horseshoe Casino — Cincinnati, OH^
May 22: Sound Academy — Toronto, ONT^
May 23: Metropolis — Montreal, QB^
May 24: Port City Music Hall — Portland, ME
May 26: Boston Calling Festival — Boston, MA%
May 27: The National — Richmond, VA^
May 28: The Norva — Norfolk, VA^
May 30: Red Rocks Amphitheatre — Morrison, CO**
May 31: Launchpad — Albuquerque, NM
June 2: Cedar Park Center — Cedar Park, TX**
June 3: Verizon Theater — Grand Prairie, TX**
June 5: Hard Rock Live — Orlando, FL**
June 6: Fox Theatre — Atlanta, GA**
June 7: Red Hat Amphitheatre — Raleigh, SC**
June 8: Field Trip Festival — Toronto, ONT++
June 10: The Fillmore Detroit — Detroit, MI**
June 12: Water Street Music Hall — Rochester, NY
June 15: Barclays Center — Brooklyn, NY**
June 17: Mann Center — Philadelphia, PA**
June 18: Merriweather Post Pavillion — Columbia, MD**
July 13: Ottawa Blues Festival — Ottawa, ONT##

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