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News Roundup: Neko Case, Ja Rule, RIAA, Ra Ra Riot

Neko Case tours, Ja Rule channels the Beatles, the RIAA hate music lovers, and Ra Ra Riot hit the road.

Breaking away from her fellow karaoke-howlin’ New Pornographers early in 2008, Pitchfork reports Neko Casewill hit the road all by her lonesome for a brief tour of theNortheast. Fans in cities like Tarrytown, NY, Burlington and Providence– yeah, you with the hacky sack — will be blessed with Case’s countrynuances in January and early February.

Taking a page from the Wu-Tang Clan’s book, Ja Rulehas gained the interpolation rights to the Beatles’ tune “EleanorRigby,” and will borrow ol’ McCartney’s melodies for “Judas,” a trackfeatured on his forthcoming album The Mirror, Reuters reports. Next up: “Weird Al” Yankovic covers the Fab Four. [Via]

Unsatisfied with its victory over Middle American single mothers of the musical persuasion,the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has now — inaddition to beefing up its dorm room assault — broadened itspersecution of music lovers and their cherished tunes to include musicthat has been legally purchased yet transferred into a computer, the Washington Post reports. Yes, in the eyes of the RIAA, you too are a hardened criminal, punk! [Via]

Ra Ra Riot, the Syracuse-bred band that recently celebrated the life of deceased drummer John Pike with a benefit performancealso featuring Tokyo Police Club and Vampire Weekend, will push forwardin 2008 with a tour set to unfold Jan. 24 in New London, CT. The12-date outing will preview material recorded by the band in Novemberand December alongside producer Ryan Hadlock (The Gossip, BlondeRedhead, Stephen Malkmus) for their forthcoming debut LP.

Ra Ra Riot tour dates:

1/24, New London, CT (The Oasis)
1/25, Montreal, QC (Casa Del Popolo)
1/26, Toronto, ON (El Mocambo)
1/27, Buffalo, NY (The Mohawk)
1/28, Pontiac, MI (The Crofoot)
1/29, Toledo, OH (Frankie’s)
1/30, Cincinnati, OH (WOXY Studio)
1/31, Cleveland, OH (Grog Shop)
2/1, Chicago, IL (Schubas)
2/2, Madison, WI (Club 770)
2/3, Rock Island, IL (Huckleberry’s Pizza Parlor)
2/5, Pittsburgh, PA (Garfield Artworks)

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