Despite still being in an embryonic stage, the members of the bouncy pop sextet Ra Ra Riot have weathered their fair share of tragedy: Last spring, drummer John Pike passed away after disappearing from a house party. It’s clear that Ra Ra Riot is still grieving; not only is their debut EP titled Dying Is Fine, but on the title track, vocalist-keyboardist Wesley Miles borrows a few mournful musings from e e cummings. (Besides, a band with a string section isn’t complete without a few literary references.) Instead of letting their loss slow them down, Ra Ra Riot finds it more therapeutic to soldier on. The band has charged ahead with touring and still puts on an explosive live show—probably the only one in which audience members have to be on the lookout for an airborne cellist. Ra Ra Riot performs with Jukebox the Ghost, Sam Champion, and These United States at 9 p.m. at the Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $12. (202) 388-7625.