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Ra Ra Riot Weaves a Night of Enchantment

Berklee Groove reviews Ra Ra Riot's magical performance at the Sinclair, in Boston.

Girl with Micro Braids

DECEMBER 5, 2019

Music makes us feel all sorts of emotions. It can paint our world a rain-soaked indigo in times of sorrow, it can put a smile on our faces, and it can transport us to new worlds that fill us with wonder. Live shows amplify this in an experience unlike any other, creating an atmosphere of magic and wonder to the soundtrack of our favorite artists.


November 12th at the Sinclair, in Boston, was no exception. As Bayonne and Ra Ra Riot moved through their sets, everything from the lighting to the vocals swept the audience into their musical wonderland. As the drums pounded through my ribcage, my mind took me on a journey to somewhere lush and green, a calming field of wildflowers, a serene and wondrous place.


Touring off of their latest album, Superbloom, Ra Ra Riot is a five piece indie rock band from Syracuse, New York. Their sound is reminiscent of the late 70’s revival with a hint of indie and a sprinkle of pop, utilizing ambient guitar tones, large tom drums and sweeping violins to create the perfect blend that is Ra Ra Riot.


The crowd was not quite as diverse as other shows, as I saw mostly late twenties to late thirties adults in large groups, and I think I was the youngest person there. While narrowly avoiding a few dangerously sloshing alcoholic drinks, I could see some running themes throughout the crowd in the form of artisanal craft beers, denim jackets, and a myriad of floral button-downs. At some shows I’ve attended, drunk crowd-goers usually means an angry mush of people fighting and screaming at each other, but the intoxicated members of this particular group were incredibly happy. The energy of the crowd went between very chill and very excited, which, I would say, is a great way to be.


Overall, the show was a smashing success. The diversity of musicianship was commendable, I was very impressed with the frontman, who, throughout the show, played every instrument on the stage while also singing and maintaining his energy. The lighting was a mix of pink, green, and yellow washes, creating a serene look to the stage, almost like it was under water. Everything about the show was utterly enchanting, and if you’re looking for a night of fun and vibes, Ra Ra Riot is the perfect show.


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Jen Aldana

CREDIT TO: COURTESY OF ARTIST

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