Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “Living in the City” Video is an Ode to New York Girl Gangs

Lead Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Alynda Lee Segarra grew up in a different era of New York. It was a time when you didn’t know if turning a corner could place you in front of a game-changing artist or if someone would snatch your wallet. In her new video for “Living In The City,” the Hurray for the Riff Raff frontwoman celebrates the women who fought for survival in Old New York.

The song is part of the concept album The Navigator, which follows the story of Navita, a street kid living in a dystopian future who is also a superheroine reconnecting with her roots and saving her people in the process. Since street life is such an important part of the album’s storyline, “Living In the City” is perhaps one of the most crucial tracks on the project. Navita is not alone in her pursuits, as she is part of the Mariposas crew, and they walk the streets together through thick and thin. As seen in the video directed by Giselle Bailey, Alynda and her crew dominate the city’s rooftops and doorways.

Alynda says about the video, “I wanted Giselle Bailey to direct ‘Living in the City’ because…I wanted to represent the New York City I grew up with. Women taking over public space and making room for ourselves in a society where we are so often threatened into hiding. I learned at a young age that survival in the city for me meant having a crew. Together we could move through the concrete maze and create some sense of freedom.”

Hurray For The Riff Raff has also announced a tour on select cities in the U.S. with support from the equally amazing Xenia Rubinos. Check out upcoming tour dates below.

Sept 8 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC *
Sept 9 – Hopscotch Music Festival – Raleigh, NC
Sept 10 – The National – Richmond, VA *
Sept 11 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD *
Sept 13 – Americana Awards Show @ Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
Sept 15 – Swyer Theatre @ The Egg – Albany, NY *
Sept 16 – Grand Point North – Burlington, VT
Sept 17 – POP Montreal – Montreal, Canada
Sept 28-30 – Trans-Pecos Festival – Marfa, TX
Oct 10 – Lampedusa: Concert for Refugees @ The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
Oct 17 – Koko – London, United Kingdom #
Oct 18 – Arts Club – Liverpool, United Kingdom #
Oct 19 – Whelans – Dublin, Ireland #
Oct 21 – Saint Luke’s – Glasgow, United Kingdom #
Oct 22 – Rescue Rooms – Nottingham, United Kingdom
Oct 23 – Trinity Centre – Bristol, United Kingdom #
Oct 25 – Wedgewood Rooms – Southsea, United Kingdom #
Oct 26 – Point Ephémère – Paris, France #
Oct 27 – Doornroosje – Nijmegen, Netherlands #
Oct 28 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands #
Oct 30 – PostenOdense C, Denmark #
Oct 31 – Lille Vega – København V, Denmark #
Nov 02 – Privatclub – Berlin, Germany #
Nov 03 – Rolling Stone Weekender – Weissenhäuser Strand, Germany
Nov 04 – Take Root Festival – Hoorn, Netherlands
Mar 02, 2018 – My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

* w/Xenia Rubinos
# w/Slow Dancer