Ra Ra Riot will release their second album, The Orchard, on May 16th and to celebrate we caught up with Alexandra Lawn to put her through the 405 'Artist Picks' treatment. Remember to check the band out when they head on their European tour: May 17 - Garage, London May 18 - Ruby Lounge, Manchester May 19 - Audio, Brighton May 20 - Maifield Derby Festival, Darmstadt May 21 - London Calling, Amsterdam May 23 - Trix, Antwerp May 24 - Blue Shell, Cologne May 25 - Molotow, Hamburg May 26 - Comet, Berlin May 27 - Immergut Festival, Neustrelitz May 28 - Seewiesen Festival, Kleinreifling Name: Alexandra Lawn of Ra Ra Riot About me: I'm the cellist for Ra Ra Riot. When I am not playing cello I am playing keyboard and/or singing. When I am not playing an instrument I love to rollerskate, run, do yoga, and sing in the car with my friend Sally. I have a soft spot for dogs and frozen yogurt. Listening to: Alison Krauss & Union Station (I love love love Alison's voice and fiddle playing, as well as Jerry Douglas on the dobro which might be a new favorite instrument of mine. They are all so talented and make fine music together), Fleetwood Mac (always a staple favorite of mine. I have been getting really into a lot of Christine McVie songs, because I think she writes absolutely beautiful choruses and melodies that compliment the strengths of the other members of Fleetwood Mac so well..they are a great team), The Police are always on any playlist I make, because they are amazing and fun to listen to, and finally...something about Bruno Mars' melodies do something to me. I like them. Reading: American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, and National Geographic. Watching: I like to use Stumbleupon.com lately, I feel like we (me and it) have really begun to know what I like that is floating out in the cyber world. As for T.V. I find myself really enjoying Modern Family, and Damages when I'm feeling more dangerous/focused. Playing: Cello, Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, and Geometry Wars. Eating: Meat. Anything else?: I'm fairly certain we are going to encounter aliens soon. Promo Info: Our single for Boy comes out march 28, and our new album "The Orchard" comes out may 16th. We will be coming back to the UK for the first time in 2 years. May 17th @ The Garage in London, May 18th @ The Ruby Lounge in Manchester, and May 19th @ Audio in Brighton