Young the Giant, Ra Ra Riot give fans ‘Something to Believe In’


Ra Ra Riot will perform with Young the Giant 7 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the House of Blues. Both bands are on tour to promote their respective albums released earlier this year.

Faye Daigle, Contributing Reporter

Since Young the Giant debuted on tour with Kings of Leon in 2009, it has been lighting up the indie rock scene with an eclectic, summery sound. At 7 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the House of Blues, the indie band will headline with special guest Ra Ra Riot as a part of Young the Giant’s Home of the Strange tour.

Some critics consider Young the Giant’s latest album to be its richest and most engaging project to date. The album explores ambient electronics in tracks like “Amerika” and enhances its sound’s vibrancy in “Mr. Know-It-All.”

The album’s anthemic single “Something to Believe In” will undoubtedly send hundreds of hands into the air. More fan favorites such as “Cough Syrup” and “My Body” from the band’s eponymous debut are likely to be included in the setlist.

The show will start with Ra Ra Riot, an alternative indie band that is sure to appeal to fans of the tour’s headliner. Over its 10-year career, the band has explored many genres ranging from baroque pop to its latest synth-pop sound in the 2016 album “Need Your Light.”

Ra Ra Riot’s album includes the ethereal single “Water,” an easy-listening track that will encourage many to sing along. Other hits, like the techy, pulsating “Beta Love” and older staples such as “Can You Tell,” may bring some positive vibes to the already shimmering stage.

Evoking Passion Pit, the new album features lead singer Wes Miles’ strong falsetto as well as dreamy, bubbly beats, which set the band apart from others in the genre.

Both bands’ alternative sound will bring a lively energy to the downtown venue, with enough hits to blow away the night.

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