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Ra Ra Riot announce new album: Beta Love

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     Ra Ra Riot announce new album: Beta Love

    Ra Ra Riot fans disheartened by the departure of cellist Ali Lawn can finally wipe the tears from their cheeks. No, Lawn isn’t back, but the Syracuse-bred outfit is ready to return as a four-piece with their new record, Beta Love. The follow-up to 2010’s The Orchard, album number three arrives January 22nd via Barsuk Records.

    Inspired by William Gibson’s cyberpunk novels and Ray Kurzweil’s futurist writings, Beta Love found the group recording in a whole new way. Recording with producer Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Wavves) and session drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Devo) in Oxford, Mississippi’s Sweat Tea Studios wasn’t just a change of climate, it was a change of pace. “We’d been used to arriving at a session with every song totally arranged and figured out,” said bassist Mathieu Santos in a statement. “But in Oxford, a lot of the creative decision-making happened in the studio, on the fly.”

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    In addition to the new release, Ra Ra Riot have announced a string of tour dates that will take them through March of next year. This year sees them playing shows with Passion Pit, Joy Formidable, and Guards, while one luck city will see them with Vampire Weekend in February. Is it yours? Find out below the Beta Love tracklist.

    Beta Love Tracklist:
    01. Dance with Me
    02. Binary Mind
    03. Beta Love
    04. Is It Too Much
    05. For Once
    06. Angel, Please
    07. What I Do For U
    08. When I Dream
    09. That Much
    10. Wilderness
    11. I Shut Off

    Ra Ra Riot 2012-2013 Tour Date:
    11/14 – Syracuse, NY @ Setnor Auditorium (Syracuse University)
    11/28 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s *
    11/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Liacouras Center ^
    12/08 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon #
    12/09 – Hartford, CT @ Arch Street Tavern #
    12/11 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall #
    12/12 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place #
    12/13 – Ithaca, NY @ Haunt #
    01/23 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
    01/25 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
    01/26 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
    02/02 – Tokyo, JP @ Hostess Club Weekender &
    02/03 – Tokyo, JP @ Hostess Club Weekender &
    02/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue
    02/08 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater
    02/09 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
    02/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
    02/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
    02/15 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
    02/16 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
    02/17 – El Paso AZ @ Lowbrow Palace
    02/19 – Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
    02/20 – Austin, TX @ The Belmont
    02/21 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
    02/23 – Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s
    02/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
    02/25 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
    02/26 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
    02/28 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar
    03/01 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
    03/02 – Madison, WI @ Der Rathskeller
    03/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
    03/05 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
    03/06 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
    03/07 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
    03/08 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
    03/09 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street

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    * = w/ Passion Pit and Joy Formidable
    ^ = w/ Passion Pit
    # = w/ Guards
    & = w/ Vampire Weekend and Ultraista

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