TVD Ticket Giveaway: Ra Ra Riot at the 9:30 Club, 1/23 (Sold out!)

We have a pair of tickets for one lucky winner and a friend to join Ra Ra Riot this Wednesday, January 23, at a sold-out 9:30 Club to celebrate the release of their third album Beta Love, which hits shelves the day prior via Barsuk.

The new album is streaming in its entirety this week only on the band’s Youtube channel, and the first single and title track “Beta Love” is available as a free download.

After the band’s inception in Syracuse, New York in 2006, Ra Ra Riot quickly gained momentum and signed with Barsuk only two years later, in 2008. That same year, their debut full-length The Rhumb Line featured the poppy, romantic singles “Dying Is Fine” and “Can You Tell Me.” This was followed by 2010’s The Orchard, which was nominated for an Independent Music Award.

Beta Love is the band’s first album as a four-piece, with the recent departure of cellist Alexandra Lawn. Produced by Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello, Wavves) and recorded at Sweet Tea Studios in Oxford, Mississippi, Ra Ra Riot’s website mentions that the creativity found in the new album was inspired by the Southern air and “informed by the works of cyperpunk novelist William Gibson and futurist Ray Kurzweil’s musings on the technological singularity and transhumanism.”

This is not the first time they’ve had a literary bent, as “Dying Is Fine” was inspired by the poem “dying is fine)but Death” by e.e. cummings. For a chance to win tickets to the show, tell us your favorite author. Bonus points for an author whose work has inspired a song or album.

I like to think of “Ramble On” as The Hobbit Song. I wonder what J.R.R. Tolkien thought of Led Zeppelin?

The winner will be chosen at noon on Tuesday, January 22.

This entry was posted in TVD Washington, DC. Bookmark the permalink. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.
  • Alex

    My favorite author is Nick Hornby, who went beyond inspiring songs and actually wrote then for the Ben Folds album “Lonely Avenue.”

  • Alison

    Margaret Atwood, and while I don’t know of any songs inspired by her work, I know words from one of her books was read on an album called Music for Art Galleries by Kitchener…

  • zurdo82

    My favorite author is Mario Vargas Llosa. There are a few songs dedicated to him. In the 90’s Peruvian pop rock band Nosequién y Los Nosecuántos released the hateful “Vargas Llosa”.  Recently a cumbia song called “El Escribidor” (The Scribbler) was dedicated to him and also the Swedish band Trailer Park wrote “Did You Know That The Name of My True Love Was Vargas Llosa?”

  • zurdo82

    My favorite author is Mario Vargas Llosa. There are a few songs dedicated to him. In the 90’s Peruvian pop rock band Nosequién y Los Nosecuántos released the hateful “Vargas Llosa”.  Recently a cumbia song called “El Escribidor” (The Scribbler) was dedicated to him and also the Swedish band EP’s Trailer Park wrote “Did You Know That The Name of My True Love Was Vargas Llosa?”

  • Kelly C

    I have a lot of favorite authors, but George R.R. Martin is my favorite of the fantasy genre. 
    Before he wrote his last book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, this song was written and CRACKS me up:
    http://dinosaurfeathers.bandcamp.com/track/please-please-george – by Dinosaur Feathers
    And this awesomeness was created for the HBO series “based” on the series:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozVcbIc5yWI – The NationalLoving Ra Ra Riot’s new album! I miss Alexandra, but the move forward in their dance pop sound is great.

  • ChrisO1

    I haven’t been reading much the last couple of years, but I’ve enjoyed a couple of novels by David Mitchell (no, not Cloud Atlas).  I’m not aware of his work having inspired music, though.

  • http://thevinyldistrict.com/ The Vinyl District

    A winner has been notified – check that email!

  • SUPPORTING YOUR LOCAL INDIE SHOPS SINCE 2007


  • Alternative Text Alternative Text Alternative Text Alternative Text Alternative Text Alternative Text Alternative Text Alternative Text
  • Alternative Text Alternative Text Alternative Text Alternative Text Alternative Text