This past Friday (March 10), Hurray for the Riff Raff released their sixth studio album, The Navigator. Where Hurray for the Riff Raff’s previous albums displayed a folksy Americana blues sound, The Navigator is decidedly more highbrow. The concept album takes the loose form of a theatrical play and exists as a homecoming for frontwoman Alynda Segarra, who returns to her Puerto Rican roots in New York City where questions concerning identity and heritage abound. Segarra has expanded the band’s sound, the record boasting sleek basslines (“Hungry Ghost”), '70s AM gold (“Living in the City”), street-level Puerto Rican-inspired grooves (“Rican Beach”), and galvanizing, political rallying cries (“Pa’lante”).
Last night (March 13), Hurray for the Riff Raff brought those strident political shouts to L.A.’s Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever. In a set that included most of The Navigator and old gems like “The Body Electric,” Hurray for the Riff Raff electrified with a tight set that felt as urgent as it was enjoyable. Take a look at photos of Hurray for the Riff Raff and openers Kera and the Lesbians above.
Check out Hurray for the Riff Raff’s upcoming tour dates here.