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Our music columnist steps into the wormhole of the Why Not Lounge

This Little Underground

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Ra Ra Riot at The Social; Photo by James Dechert

But, beyond that, the beautiful thing that the Why Not affirms is that, thankfully, some people never forget how to party. And that’s worth saluting, so go on witcha bad self.

When they first broke, Syracuse orchestral pop band Ra Ra Riot quickly became the more classical, less grating little sibling to Vampire Weekend. But the keyboard-driven, floor-minded sound of both their latest album and performance (Sept. 26, the Social) indicates that they’ve traded the starch for some funk – as funky as white kids get anyway. Having shed the argyle for a little neon, their svelte and sophisticated dance-pop has widened their horizons considerably toward Phoenix aspirations. With a fully computerized live light show to go along with their active stage presence, they’ve quantum-leaped in terms of presentation and production. And what it all says about them is that they’ve learned to unbutton the top button and live a little more. As a result, their shows have way more girls dancing now. And girls always know.

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