Batman. Who knew JACK'S MANNEQUIN had such a dedicated following? If the crowd
at Friday night's GUSTER show, for which the SoCal band was the second opener, was any testament, it's
safe to say that Something Corporate's Andrew McMahon's side-project has
evolved into an entity all its own.
Ra Ra Riot is a little more ra ra than riotous, but that's part of their charm. The six-piece act resembles a group of young band-geeks-cum-rock-stars (sort of), and it works for them. Their two female members rock a violin and a cello as if they were channeling Slash manhandling his axe, while shaggy-headed vocalist Wes Miles bops around the stage, alternately crooning into his mic and ruffling bassist Mathieu Santos’s hair with joyful abandon.