In Print: Ra Ra Riot, the Death Set, and More

Anyone who has worked with ex-Juice scribe Tom Francis can attest to the fact that he knows a boatload about music. The man can speak just as eloquently about Iron & Wine and Ariel Pink as Allen West and Sylvia Poitier. It is with great pleasure that we welcome Francis' colorful verbiage to the music print edition this week. The topic: Ra Ra Riot.

With the gentle touch of a chain saw, he asks Alexandra Lawn -- the undeniably dreamy cellist for the band -- how she feels about the catcalling men she must deal with every night during performances. On March 7, everyone can enjoy Ra Ra Riot's string-enhanced treasures at Culture Room.

Spin things in an entirely different direction with this portrait of the Death Set prepared by Reyan Ali ahead of the band's show at Respectable Street. Even the most polarizing punks with keyboards have a soft side, apparently.

As for the rest of the entertainment for the week, we've got: Kid Rock & Jamey Johnson at Hard Rock, Apocalyptica at Culture Room, Secret French Kissing Society's reunion at Propaganda, John Mellencamp at Broward Center, the Gallery at Respectable Street, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at Culture Room, and Pato Banton at the Funky Buddha.

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