Melissa Fossum Riff Raff should've talked more. Full slideshow here.
I'm unable to decouple Riff Raff, the rapper, from the character of "Alien," as played by James Franco in Harmony Korine's 2012 film Spring Breakers. This is not an uncommon thing, as even Riff Raff himself is insistent that the character is not just inspired by him, but is him, to the point of using first-person pronouns when talking about the character in the movie and making apparently unsubstantiated threats in the past about planning to sue some party or another involved with the film for millions of dollars for unattributed use of his likeness.
However, this toyed with my expectations a bit in seeing him live for the first time at Club Red in Mesa Friday night. It wasn't as if I expected seeing him would lead me down the path of YOLO-culture and crime as his alleged cinematic portrayal suggests he might, but that whole episode in general, with him essentially claiming to be the sole proprietor of a certain brand of post-everything tastelessness, dressed in neon and transmitted through goofy Vine clips, made me expect a performer who would be very assertive about his identity.More »