A potent simplicity marks the sound of Hurray for the Riff Raff, the New Orleans–based folk group fronted by Alynda Lee Segarra, whose backstory involves running away from home in the Bronx to hop freights before settling down in the 
Crescent City. Segarra’s voice is beatifically unfussy, and her guitar playing’s nothing fancy, but there’s something fine and determined in songs like “Little Black Star” and “Ramblin’ Gal.” The group also relies heavily on covers — Beatles figure prominently, as in Segarra’s own “Ode to John and Yoko” — and this traveler-feminist’s version of Hank’s “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” is simply the best. The former riot grrrl’s tale unfolds further in Riff Raff’s forthcoming Small Town Heroes, which they should have titled Inside... More >>>