Ra Ra Riot new single “Boy” out now!

Music News | By on Jul 22nd, 2010

Ra Ra Riot

“Boy,” the first single from Ra Ra Riot’s sophomore album The Orchard, is available now at iTunes, where it can be purchased along with a cover of Sparks’ “Saccharin and the War” and “Keep It Quiet (Bear).” The track “Boy” is currently streaming at Stereogum.com and available as a free MP3 via rarariot.com.

Due out August 24 on Barsuk (U.S.) and Arts & Crafts (Canada), The Orchard was hailed this week by NPR as “Incredible… An epic album with soaring strings and fat bass lines” and is now available for pre-order. The Orchard will be issued in standard physical and digital versions, as well as various special editions including limited colored vinyl, an extremely limited run of (four) test pressings, and a bonus DVD featuring a beautiful 38 minute impressionist behind-the-scenes documentary on the writing and making of The Orchard directed by Taryn Gould and Emily Kowalczyk. To place pre-orders and/or view a full list of configurations, go to rarariot.barsuk.com/TheOrchard.

Currently on tour in Japan, Ra Ra Riot will return to North America next month, making appearances at the Osheaga and Bumbershoot festivals and supporting Devo at this year’s Columbus Ohio State Fair, before kicking off a headlining tour beginning with a September 21-24 stretch in New York and running through late November.

The Orchard was produced by Ra Ra Riot and Andrew Maury and mixed by Chris Walla (with the exception of “Do You Remember,” which was mixed by Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij). Its August 24 release date marks two years, nearly to the day, since the release of the band’s debut album, The Rhumb Line, which debuted at #109 on the U.S. album chart and went on to sell in excess of 60,000 copies. The Orchard marks the first time Ra Ra Riot vocalist Wes Miles, bassist Mathieu Santos, guitarist Milo Bonacci, violinist Rebecca Zeller and cellist Alexandra Lawn have been joined in the studio by drummer Gabriel Duquette, who has toured with the band since the release of The Rhumb Line.

RA RA RIOT on tour 2010

Weds-July-21 Hiroshima, Japan – Hiroshima Club Quattro
Fri-July-23 – Yokohama, Japan – Yokohama BLITZ
Sat-July-24 – Tokyo, Japan – ZEPP Tokyo
Tues-July-27 – Kyoto, Japan – KSB Hall
Weds-July-28 – Kyoto, Japan – KSB Hall
Sun-Aug-01 Montreal, QC Osheaga Festival
Weds-Aug-04 Columbus, OH Columbus State Fair w/Devo
Sat-Aug-28 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheater
Sun-Sep-05 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot
Thu-Sep-09 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom/MFNW
Sun-Sep-12 North Dorset, UK End of the Road Festival
Sat-Sep-18 Geneva, NY Three Stories Benefit @ Cracker Factory
Tue-Sep-21 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Wed-Sep-22 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Thu-Sep-23 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fri-Sep-24 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mon-Sep-27 Northampton, MA Pearl St.
Tue-Sep-28 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place
Wed-Sep-29 Providence, RI The Met
Fri-Oct-01 Boston, MA Royale
Sat-Oct-02 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
Sun-Oct-03 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel
Mon-Oct-04 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
Tue-Oct-05 Chicago, IL Metro
Thu-Oct-07 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
Fri-Oct-08 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
Sat-Oct-09 Lawrence, KS The Granada Theatre
Mon-Oct-11 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
Tue-Oct-12 Salt Lake City, UT In the Venue
Wed-Oct-13 Crystal Bay, NV Crystal Bay Club
Sun-Oct-17 San Francisco, CA Treasure Island Music Festival
Tue-Oct-19 Pomona, CA Glass House
Wed-Oct-20 Los Angeles, CA The Music Box @ Henry Fonda
Thu-Oct-21 San Diego, CA Belly Up Tavern
Fri-Oct-22 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse
Sun-Oct-24 San Antonio, TX White Rabbits
Tue-Oct-26 Austin, TX Emo’s
Wed-Oct-27 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
Thu-Oct-28 Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
Fri-Oct-29 Little Rock, AR Rev Room
Sat-Oct-30 Nashville, TN Exit/In
Mon-Nov-01 Birmingham, AL Workplay Theatre
Tue-Nov-02 Atlanta, GA Masquerade-Hell Room
Wed-Nov-03 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
Thu-Nov-04 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
Fri-Nov-05 Washington, DC 930 Club
Thu-Nov-11 New Brunswick, NJ Rutgers University
Sat-Nov-13 Vancouver, BC The Commodore
Wed-Nov-17 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall
Fri-Nov-19 Saskatoon, SK Louis’ Pub
Sat-Nov-20 Winnipeg, MB The Garric

Purchase tickets to the tour here.

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