Despite their limited number of releases, Ra Ra Riot have a charm that's got a lot to do with their tight musical equation. They utilize equal parts exuberance, youthful ingenuity, and good old-fashioned talent with an exquisite cello, dueling jangly and fuzzed-out guitars, and the birdsong vocals of lead singer Wesley Miles. Sharing the bill on this tour are Californians the Little Ones, whose well-executed mutation of the pop gems of the '60s incorporate savvy touches of modern eccentricities in their own wall of sound. Singer Ed Reyes inevitably draws strong vocal comparisons to the Shins' James Mercer or even Ben Kweller, and everything comes together with a delicious shimmer on the Little Ones' recent EP, Terry Tales and Fallen Gates. The sunshine wattage of their dynamic will leave you longing for the days of a real summer vacation. Opening the night is the glossy power-pop of locals Ready Goes. 18+.
Mon., May 5, 8 p.m., 2008