Ra Ra Riot, Delicate Steve, Yellow Ostrich | Cat's Cradle | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Ra Ra Riot, Delicate Steve, Yellow Ostrich

When: Fri., Oct. 28, 8:45 p.m. 2011

Ra Ra Riot specialize in the sort of indie rock specially made for corporate branding—dynamic and memorable, threading soft and forlorn numbers with louder bits of bombast by way of chanted melodies and full-body refrains. It's part of the new commercial core of indie rock that's edgy without actually having an edge, sort of like Coldplay without the major-label budget. Almost out of milquetoast guilt, though, bands like Ra Ra Riot always bring interesting openers: As such, Delicate Steve's Wondervisions is a delightful trove of instrumental curiosities, from guitar-shredding think pieces and post-bop mannerism to perfectly blissful mantras. Yellow Ostrich opens the show. The Mistress, the Barsuk debut from the New York-via-Wisconsin debut, isn't close to perfect, but its sense of rhythm-and-harmony adventure are charming and full of promise, like a test run for something much more grand. —Grayson Currin

Price: $16-18

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