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You Should Know Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot

Coming to Milwaukee

When: Thursday July 28, 2016 at 8pm
Where: Turner Hall Ballroom
Tickets: http://pabsttheater.org/show/rarariot2016

The basics

Where they’re from: Brooklyn, NY
Their song 88Nine is playing: “Absolutely”
RIYL: Passion Pit, synth-pop with strings, Vampire Weekend

5 questions with Ra Ra Riot

From orchestral baroque-pop (“The Rhumb Line”) to synth-pop (“Beta Love”) and now finding themselves somewhere in between (“Need Your Light”), the Syracuse group has hit its stride. They’ll be headlining Turner Hall Ballroom on July 28th. Radio Milwaukee spoke with frontman Wes Mills about the new record, how it was written partly in Milwaukee, and growing up with a musical family.

Listen to Studio Milwaukee with The David Wax Museum

david wax museum

Husband and wife due David Wax and Suz Slezak and band joined us for a Studio Milwaukee session and interview before their Shank Hall performance on July 21.

The sunny, Mexo-Americana songs included instrumentation like a donkey jawbone and jarana. Listen to the interview and learn about the instrumentation and cross-border influences of the group below.

5 things to do this weekend | July 21st-24th



#1. David Wax Museum

Hang out with me through my shift today and you’ll get treated to another live session at 2pm; this time with David Wax Museum. They’re in town for a performance at Shank Hall in support of their latest, 2015’s Guesthouse. To me, David Wax and Suz Slezak, the married couple who form David Wax Museum, are a pair of traveling musicologists that let the ‘ology’ inform their music in ways that keep their interest in global sounds authentic. After years studying folk music in Mexico, digging back to its roots to find inspiration, they’ve honed a sound that though technically “world” music is also about ideas that I think everyone can relate to.

Take their latest release as an example of that unpretentious ingenuity as they shimmer through vibes incorporating interests as diverse as son jarocho, ragtime reels, norteno among other strains I don’t recognize but dig. Educated, worldly indie-folk unafraid of being pop-y or as weird as they want to be and importantly, good at it.

Tonight at 8pm @ Shank Hall1434 North Farwell Avenue, East Side

#2. Black Cat Alley


Black Cat Alley is one of the main reasons I’ve already been looking forward to this fall, and tonight kicks off this awesome new addition to Milwaukee: an alley full of street art. With the help of various sponsors and volunteers, the alley between the Oriental Theater and Colectivo Coffee on Milwaukee’s East Side is going to be turning into a “gallery” for Milwaukee street art. Head on over to the East Side tonight to catch some of this art being made before your eyes by the European street art legend, MTO.

Tonight at 5pm @ UWM Kenilworth Building, 1915 E Kenilworth Place, East Side

Discover Music

If you love discovering new music, here’s the place to dig in.

In the stories to the right, you can keep up on the latest music news, watch behind-the-scenes videos, get to know emerging artists, who’s coming to town, who’s hot in Milwaukee’s music scene, and get a free download (every week!).

You can listen on demand to exciting new jazz, hip-hop and R&B, world and electronic dance music, interesting covers and songs we just can’t stop listening to.You can hear live performances recorded in our studio, featuring local and touring bands. Yes, there’s more. But we’ll leave the rest of the discovery up to you!