Ra Ra Riot

Spotlight On will never get enough of an early QRO favorite, Syracuse's young, sprawling collective, Ra Ra Riot. ...

Spotlight On will never get enough of an early QRO favorite, the young, sprawling collective, Ra Ra Riot.


Name: Ra Ra Riot

Associated acts: Discovery

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY (originally formed in Syracuse, NY)

Members: Kenny Bernard, Milo Bonacci, Gabriel Duquette (former), Alexandra Lawn (former), Wesley Miles, John Pike (deceased), Mathieu Santos, Rebecca Zeller

Albums: Ra Ra Riot EP (2007), The Rhumb Line (2008), The Orchard (2010), Beta Love (2013), Need Your Light (2016), Superbloom (2019)

Ra Ra RiotRelated Articles:

Live review at South Street Seaport in New York, NY on June 29th, 2007

Photo gallery from South Street Seaport

Photo gallery from Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ on August 11th, 2007

Review of Ra Ra Riot EP

Photo gallery from Highline Ballroom in New York, NY on August 23rd, 2007

Interview with Wesley Miles in 2007

Featured in “Top 25 Albums of 2007”

Featured in “Whose Boobs Are These: Indie Rock Edition”

Live review at Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY on March 8th, 2008

Photo gallery from Bowery Ballroom on March 8th, 2008

Live review at Middle East in Cambridge, MA on April 25th, 2008

Review as part of the Siren Music Festival on Coney Island, Brooklyn on July 19th, 2008

Photo gallery from Siren Music Festival

Photo gallery from Union Square Virgin Megastore in New York, NY on August 19th, 2008

Review of The Rhumb Line

Photo gallery from Sound Fix Records in Brooklyn, NY on October 14th, 2008

Live review at Bowery Ballroom on October 16th, 2008

Photo gallery from Bowery Ballroom on October 16th, 2008

Featured in “Top 40 Albums of 2008”

Review as part of SXSW Day Four at The Parish in Austin, TX on March 21st, 2009

Photo gallery from The Parish

Interview with Alexandra Lawn & Mathieu Santos in 2009, Part One

Interview with Alexandra Lawn & Mathieu Santos in 2009, Part Two

Photo gallery from Webster Hall in New York, NY on April 4th, 2009

Live review at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House as part of the ‘Sounds Like Brooklyn’ festival on February 5th, 2010

Photo gallery from Union Hall in Brooklyn, NY on April 13th, 2010

Live review at Bowery Hotel in New York, NY on April 14th, 2010

Photo gallery from Bowery Hotel

Photo gallery from B.O.M.B. Fest in Old Lyme, CT on May 30th, 2010

Review as part of Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal, PQ, Canada on August 1st, 2010

Photo gallery from Osheaga

Review of The Orchard

Review as part of MFNW Day Two at Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR on September 9th, 2010

Photo gallery from Wonder Ballroom

Live review at The Metro in Chicago, IL on October 5th, 2010

Photo gallery from The Metro

Live review at WIRED Store in New York, NY on December 8th, 2010

Photo gallery from WIRED Store

Photo gallery from Majestic Theatre in Madison, WI on April 14th, 2011

Live review at Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn, NY on August 5th, 2011

Photo gallery from Prospect Park Bandshell

Review as part of Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX on November 5th, 2011

Photo gallery from Fun Fun Fun Fest

Photo gallery from Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on January 22nd, 2013

Review of Beta Love

Photo gallery from Webster Hall on January 25th, 2013

Interview with Milo Bonacci & Wesley Miles in 2013

Photo gallery from Fillmore in San Francisco, CA on February 11th, 2013

Review as part of SXSW Tuesday at Hype Hotel in Austin, TX on March 12th, 2013

Photo gallery from Hype Hotel

Review as part of SXSW Friday at Clive Bar in Austin, TX on March 15th, 2013

Photo gallery from Clive Bar

Review as part of SXSW Saturday at Waterloo Records in Austin, TX on March 16th, 2013

Photo gallery from Apple Store SoHo in New York, NY on March 28th, 2013

Review as part of Boston Calling Music Festival in Boston, MA on May 26th, 2013

Photo gallery from Boston Calling

Review of Arts & Crafts: 2003-2013, including Ra Ra Riot

Review as part of Arts & Crafts Field Trip Festival in Toronto, ON, Canada on June 8th, 2013

Photo gallery from Arts & Crafts Field Trip

Live review at Terminal 5 in New York, NY on October 9th, 2013

Photo gallery from Terminal 5

Review as part of Escape Music Festival on Governors Island in New York, NY on October 11th, 2014

Photo gallery from Escape Music Festival

Live review at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY on November 3rd, 2015

Photo gallery from Baby’s All Right

Photo gallery from Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn, NY on February 18th, 2016

Interview with Mathieu Santos in 2016

Review of Need Your Light

Photo gallery from Webster Hall on March 4th, 2016

Review as part of SXSW Friday at Banger’s in Austin, TX on March 18th, 2016

Photo gallery from Banger’s

John Pike featured in QRO’s “Rest In Peace”

Live review of Ra Ra Riot EP tenth anniversary at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 22nd, 2017

Photo gallery from Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 22nd, 2017

Review of Superbloom

Photo gallery from Webster Hall on November 16th, 2019

Interview with Wesley Miles in 2019

Review of “The Wish”

Live review from Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY on May 4th, 2024

Photo gallery from Brooklyn Steel

Tour dates:

May 2 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
May 3 Boston, MA @ Royale
May 4 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
July 22 Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre *
July 23 Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater *
July 25 Maryland Heights, MO @ Saint Louis Music Park *
July 26 Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion *
July 27 Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion *
July 30 Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory *
July 31 Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory *
August 1 Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Pavilion *

* with Vampire Weekend


Ra Ra Riot playing “Ghost Under Rocks” live @ Union Square Virgin Megastore:


Ra Ra Riot playing “Can You Tell?” live @ Union Square Virgin Megastore:


Ra Ra Riot playing “St. Peters Day Festival” live @ Sound Fix Records:


Ra Ra Riot playing “Dying Is Fine” live @ Sound Fix Records:


Ra Ra Riot playing “Each Year” live at Webster Hall in New York, NY on January 25th, 2013:


Ra Ra Riot playing “Is It Too Much” live at Webster Hall in New York, NY on January 25th, 2013:


Ra Ra Riot playing “Dance With Me” live at Webster Hall in New York, NY on January 25th, 2013:


Ra Ra Riot playing “When I Dream” live at Webster Hall in New York, NY on January 25th, 2013:


Ra Ra Riot playing “St. Peters Day Festival” live at Webster Hall in New York, NY on January 25th, 2013:


Ra Ra Riot playing “Dying Is Fine” live at Webster Hall in New York, NY on January 25th, 2013:


Ra Ra Riot playing “I Shut Off” live at Webster Hall in New York, NY on January 25th, 2013:

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