Up-and-coming indie rockers Ra Ra Riot have unveiled touring plans for 2009, including a January benefit concert with Regina Spektor and a winter tour of Europe. The main leg of North American dates starts up February 21 at Richard’s on Richards in Vancouver, BC, and continues through March 26 at Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI.

Along the way, the band will stop for a February 27 performance at The Independent in San Francisco, CA, a March 10 concert at The Parish at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA, and a March 16 set at Slowdown in Omaha, NE.

Ra Ra Riot will appear with Cut off Your Hands and Telekinesis on North American dates prior to the band’s March 8 appearance at the Langerado Music Festival in Miami, FL. Later in March, Tokyo Police Club and Passion Pit will perform on select nights of the tour.

The indie quintet from Syracuse, New York, is supporting its debut full-length record, “The Rhumb Line,” which peaked at No. 109 on the Billboard 200 after its August release. A majority of the album’s content was written by multi-instrumentalist and principal lyricist John Ryan Pike, who drowned off the coast of Massachusetts after a concert in June 2007.

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Despite the tragedy, Ra Ra Riot decided to continue with remaining members Wesley Miles, Alexandra Lawn, Milo Bonacci, Mathieu Santos and Rebecca Zeller. The band has toured previously with Tokyo Police Club, and opened for the Editors and Art Brut, among others. Ra Ra Riot recently completed fall and winter 2008 dates, including a brief UK tour with Vampire Weekend.

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Ra Ra Riot itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

January 22 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom *
January 23 Swarthmore, PA Olde Club @ Swarthmore College
January 30 Hamilton, NY Colgate University
January 31 Geneva, NY Smith Opera House
February 11 Birmingham, ENG Barfly
February 12 Glasgow, SCO King Tuts
February 14 Newcastle, ENG Academy 2
February 15 Manchester, ENG Night & Day
February 16 Nottingham, ENG Bodega
February 17 London, ENG Borderline
February 18 Paris, FRA La Fleche D’or
February 21 Vancouver, BC Richard’s on Richards
February 24 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
February 25 Seattle, WA Neumos
February 27 San Francisco, CA The Independent (Noise Pop)
February 28 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
March 1 San Diego, CA The Loft
March 2 Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar
March 8 Miami, FL Langerado Music Festival
March 10 New Orleans, LA The Parish at House of Blues
March 11 Houston, TX Walter’s on Washington
March 12 McAllen, TX Cine El Rey
March 13 San Antonio, TX The White Rabbit
March 14 Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
March 16 Omaha, NE Slowdown
March 17 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory
March 24 Bloomington, IN The Cinemat
March 26 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig

* benefit concert with Regina Spektor