Monday, February 11, 2013

SXSW Preview: Rah Rah

Several years ago, I was flipping through some channels on Sirius and stopped on one of the CBC stations, probably CBC 3, when I heard this wonderful song by a band called Rah Rah:

Always a sucker for bittersweet songs in 3/4 time, I was immediately hooked on "Duet for Emmylou and the Grievous Angel" and impressed with its simple and beautiful Neil Youngish elegance (hint:  Neil Young is God).

After a little investigation, I was surprised at how young Rah Rah seemed to be - a bunch of fresh faced kids from Regina, Saskatchewan - especially given the quality of the song.  Was this a fluke or the beginning of something special?  After following them for few years, including seeing their great set at the SXSW Canadian Blast in 2011, I am convinced that Rah Rah is worth cheering for (that was awful, but I'm leaving it in.)

Regardless of the general style of song (ranging from alt-country to Arcade Fire-esque modern indie rock), Rah Rah keeps churning out catchy tunes that stick with you long after the first listening.  Their most recent and third full length release,The Poet's Dead, was one of the hidden gems of 2012.  Check out the addictive "Art and a Wife" and "Prairie Girl" below.  Then, go see them when they come to your town (like at the Smiling Moose (Upstairs) in Pittsburgh) and at SXSW.


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