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XPN Fest Recap: Hurray for the Riff Raff’s reflective, uplifting rock set rules the River Stage

Hurray for the Riff Raff | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

“Well, my friends, I hope someone warned you, because this is resistance music.”

Alynda Lee Segarra’s words echoed out across the River Stage as the words YOUNG, LATIN, & PROUD shouted proudly from her shirt. And that was just the beginning of Hurray for the Riff Raff’s immensely powerful, reflective, and uplifting performance.

Not to mention, it was also a complete dance party. Because even though Hurray for the Riff Raff’s album The Navigator focuses on heavy topics of the current whacked out state of the world, Segarra has an amazing talent in fusing her anger into an infectious positive energy that makes her a force to be reckoned with. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: Hurray for the Riff Raff delivers a powerful, thought-provoking set

Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Drawing on a powerful set of songs from their new record The NavigatorHurray for the Riff Raff used its performance at the 17th annual NonCOMM-vention to make the crowd dance, to make it think and to make it feel.

Frontwoman Alynda Lee Segarra is a dynamic and charismatic force onstage, strumming her guitar to the twangy folk of opener “Life to Save,” then putting the instrument down, taking the the mic in her hand and getting her swagger on for the driving and shimmering dreampop of “Hungry Ghost.”

The songs were stylish and had tremendous energy, but also took on serious topics like gentrification and discrimination. “This next song is an immigrant song” said Seharra, introducing the slick groove of “Rican Beach.” Its lyrics were unflinching: “And they stole our neighbors, and they stole our streets /and they left us to die on the Rican Beach. You can take my life but don’t take my home.” Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Hurray for the Riff Raff brings spirited folk to World Cafe Live

Hurray for the Riff Raff | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | <A href=http://www.spotlightviews.com/ target="_blank">spotlightviews.com</a>
Hurray for the Riff Raff | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | spotlightviews.com

“When I left home at 17, I ended up in Philadelphia for a few months. You took very good care of me, so thank you.”

Hurray for the Riff Raff, the brainchild of singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra, took the Free at Noon stage at World Cafe Live this afternoon for a vibrant performance of tracks from of their recent record The Navigator. Segarra and crew’s style of folk rock tunes has that bit of spirited flair, infusing Latin and indie roots to create an expansively personal sound.

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Listen to Hurray For The Riff Raff totally kill tracks from The Navigator on their World Cafe session

Hurray for the Riff Raff | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | <a href=http://spotlightviews.com target="_blank">spotlightviews.com</a>
Hurray for the Riff Raff | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | spotlightviews.com

New Orleans’ Hurray For The Riff Raff recently stopped by the studio for a World Cafe session with Talia Schlanger in preparation for their new record The Navigator out on March 10th. Schlanger dives into the concept of The Navigator to reveal some fantastic parallels between the fictional character and band songwriter Alynda Segarr, as well as hears four new tunes from the record.

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Hurray For The Riff Raff pays tribute to DIY in new video for “Hungry Ghost”

Hurray for the Riff Raff | courtesy of the artist
Hurray For The Riff Raff | courtesy of the artist

Alynda Segarra’s Hurray For The Riff Raff has a new record coming out this March. It’s called The Navigator, and in preparation, she’s shared a new video for “Hungry Ghost.” It depicts a serene, otherwordly dance party that pays tribute to the recent tragedies in Orlando and Oakland. Stream it below.  Continue reading →

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Listen to Hurray for the Riff Raff’s new song “Rican Beach,” see them at World Cafe Live this spring

Hurray for the Riff Raff | courtesy of the artist
Hurray for the Riff Raff | courtesy of the artist

Hurray for the Riff Raff laid out their plans for a jam-packed 2017 today, including a follow-up to the band’s 2014 acclaimed release Small Town Heroes and an expansive international tour. Fronted by singer and songwriter Alynda Segarra, the band’s newest effort, The Navigator, is expected to drop March 10th on ATO Records. A tour with Philly son (currently residing in Nashville) Ron Gallo follows, with a gig at World Cafe Live scheduled for April 21st.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: RFA at MilkBoy, Hurray for the Riff Raff at World Cafe Live, Abi Reimold at Ortlieb’s

RFA | photo via rfaband1.bandcamp.com
RFA | photo via rfaband1.bandcamp.com

Local boys RFA just finished their freshman year of college and are still riding high on their Freaking Out EP, released back in January. The band plays snappy and hooky rock and roll a la The Strokes and The Stones, and tonight opens for Pine Barons and Clear Plastic Masks at MilkBoy. Tickets and more information can be found here. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Hurray For the Riff Raff energized the River Stage

Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

New Orleans favorites Hurray for the Riff Raff blanketed the XPoNential Music Festival in a stirring set of soulful folk-blues on Saturday afternoon. Led by the charismatic Alynda Lee Segarra, the five piece band’s blend of rootsy fiddle leads intermingling with gospel organ accents and a punchy upright bass energized the crowd at the River stage. Continue reading →