LIVE: Ra Ra Riot and Caveman Pack A One-Two Punch At The Fonda (9/14/13)
By Jeff Murray on September 17, 2013
Ra Ra Riot
Los Angeles, CA
September 14, 2013
Some musical performances are just made for head nodding; every dip of the chin suggesting a new profound musical realization. But at the Fonda this last Saturday, it was hard to keep the rest of your body still with the tom-tom pounders, Caveman, and indie-poppers, Ra Ra Riot, bringing everyone in the house to the dance floor.
Caveman, the five-piece shoe-rockers from New York opened the show by presenting plenty of tribal beats during their 40-minute set. The group played oldies from 2011’s Coco Beware and fan favorites from their recent self-titled follow-up. With plenty of gritty guitar feedback carved into intricate song structures, Matthew Iwanusa's sweet voiced soared with melodies tinged with darkened R & B.
For the second act, the curtain rose for Ra Ra Riot, who blasted out a set full of their catalog's classics. The quintet left everything on the stage, getting the crowd moving with their infectious hooks and impeccably crafted dance numbers. While all members were on point, Ra Ra Riot's bassist Mathieu Santos was absolutely captivating. Santos' playing was so effortless it seemed like he was calmly holding every beat and movement in his back pocket.
It was clear from the crowd's endless chatter as they shuffled out of the theater and into the heart of Hollywood on a warm Saturday evening, that while it was still early, the night's true highlight had just ended. F