Hurray for the Riff Raff

April 30
7:30 p.m.
Folk, Indie Pop, Singer-Songwriter

Alynda Segarra grew up in the Bronx, alienated and disaffected. She hung out with punks on the Lower East Side, then hit the road at 17, eventually winding up in New Orleans, where her busking and affinity for American roots music led to the formation of Hurray for the Riff Raff. Following 2014’s well-received Small Town Heroes, a dusty mix of traditional country, folk, blues, and comparable originals, Segarra moved to Nashville, where her relative isolation prompted yearning for her neglected Puerto Rican/Nuyorican heritage. Thus The Navigator, a seismic Riff Raff shift that reconnects rural and urban sounds, initially by a gospel chorus juxtaposed with the sounds of the New York subway, while Segarra quests for identity. In fact, the new album synthesizes a slew of culturally incisive sounds — new wave, doo-wop, Fania-style salsa, Afro-Cuban rhythms, blues, Puerto Rican bomba and plena, plus slivers of Dylan, the Doors, the Velvets, Bowie, Jim Carroll, and Patti Smith.