A New Jersey sextet that takes pleasure in cello solos and keg stands, Ra Ra Riot are the state school to Vampire Weekend's Ivy League. (Frontman Wesley Miles even collaborated with VW's Rostam Batmanglij on indie-AutoTune side project Discovery.) On their recently released follow up, The Orchard, the band builds robust bangers from a sophomore slump, reveling in the intimate details of a love gone wrong ("Too Dramatic," "Keep It Quiet"), softly finessed by a yacht-rock touch. Dont miss your chance to see Ra Ra Riot receive their extra credit, at last.
Tue., Sept. 21, 8 p.m.; Wed., Sept. 22, 8 p.m., 2010