Beta Love is coming out on January 22, 2013 and to celebrate this fact the Ra Ra Riot are going out on tour the day after its release. Ra Ra Riot will be playing the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on the 23rd. This is the first of 30 performances scheduled for the first few months of the New Year, all of which will feature the group as the headliner.
These are not the only concert dates on the horizon for the band. Ra Ra Riot has a few more shows schedule for the end of November and in December. The band will be playing with some pretty big indie pop and rock groups on these dates. Thus, while the 2013 tour schedule is going to be built around a new album, the remaining 2012 shows will be built around indie dominance with Passion Pit, Joy Formidable, and Vampire Weekend sharing the stage.
The Ra Ra Riot coming out on all these dates is a four-piece roster, one woman down from the original band that endeared itself to those on the campus of Syracuse and at music festivals across the country. Ali Lawn, the cellist (the hot cellist) left back in February. Yet, the riot continue on, singer Wes Miles remains the falsetto singer, Rebecca Zeller remains the violinist adding a quirk to the sound, Mathieu Santos remains the bassist, Milo Bonacci remains the guitarist, and Kenny Bernard remains the drummer.
The departure of an orchestra pit member meant the Ra Ra Riot would need to replace Ali or alter the style. As the band has long been moving in a synth pop direction, the latter option became the most obvious. The baroque pop or chamber pop edge of previous work will still be lingering, but Beta Love is the first new album of a new era.