The Weekly Ringer

The University of Mary Washington Student Newspaper

RaRa Riot to Play in Fredericksburg

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By Tricia Callahan

“Ra Ra Riot” is coming to Fredericksburg. Consider yourself warned. The rock band from Syracuse, N.Y. will be at The Third Floor Dec. 9, along with Princeton and Carlos I’m Pregnant.
Ra Ra Riot is made up of vocalist Wes Miles, bassist Mathieu Santos, guitarist Milo Bonacci, cellist Alexandra Lawn and violinist Rebecca Zeller.
“I met Milo in an electronic music class, and I had known Allie from orchestra and other classical music ventures, Milo and Mat had played a show together once… we all came together to play music,” Zeller said.
Zeller refers to the drowning accident that killed former drummer John Ryan Pike when talking about the message Ra Ra Riot hopes to convey through their latest album “The Rhumb Line”.
It was posted on the bands official website ( that they felt “Lucky to have known him” and went on further to explain what a profound effect he had on them as people, friend, and musicians.
They continued to play after the unimaginable tragedy and since been deemed by Spin magazine as “one of the best young bands we’ve heard in a really long time”.
They are known specifically for their hit singles “Each Year” and “Dying is fine,” which are featured on their 2007 EP there are many other songs that should not be left unturned.
Sure to be crowd pleasers at the show is the song “Can Tell.” The lyrics captivate the confusion of a early relationship: “Or what was that you said? Would you let me know? ‘Cause I can’t read your mind”.
Drag yourself away from studying for finals on Sunday night and come enjoy the show.