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Rilo Kiley

Like their West Coast contemporaries in Death Cab for Cutie, Rilo Kiley steadily gained traction in indie pop circles throughout the late '90s and early 2000s before the record industry (and public at large) officially took note. Led by former child actors Jenny Lewis (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Blake Sennett (guitar, vocals), the L.A.-based quartet held its first practice in 1998. Bassist Pierre de Reeder and drummer Dave Brock (later replaced by ex-Foundation Lassie member Jason Boesel) completed the lineup, and a weekly residency at the Spaceland nightclub in Silverlake allowed Rilo Kiley to hone its mix of classic pop, country, torch song, and folk.

The debut album Take Offs and Landings was released in 2001 by the Seattle-based Barsuk Records, also home to Death Cab for Cutie (whose lead singer, Ben Gibbard, would later enlist Lewis' help on the Postal Service's gold-selling debut). Although Lewis' side projects and star appeal would eventually make her the focal point of Rilo Kiley, Take Offs was the work of a dually fronted band, with Sennet contributing lead vocals on four tracks. The band supported the album by hitting the road, during which they were introduced to Omaha native Tim Kasher (Cursive, the Good Life) at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall. Both of Kasher's bands were signed to Omaha's Saddle Creek Records, whose solid roster and promise of creative freedom attracted Rilo Kiley's interest. Although the exclusive label had rarely opened its doors to bands outside of Omaha's city limits, they nevertheless signed Rilo Kiley and released the band's twangy sophomore effort, The Execution of All Things, in October 2002.

After touring with the likes of the Breeders, Pedro the Lion, and Superchunk, the band took some time off to pursue separate projects. Lewis contributed backing vocals to the Postal Service's Give Up, later touring with the band as well, while Sennett and Boesel released their debut album with the Elected. Rilo Kiley reconvened to record 2004's More Adventurous, but creative differences with Saddle Creek convinced the band to create their own label, Brute/Beaute Records (an imprint under the Warner umbrella), for the record's official release. Buoyed by a cohesive sound, several singles, and big-time distribution from Warner Bros., More Adventurous greatly heightened the band's profile. Tours with Coldplay and Bright Eyes followed, and the popular song "Portions for Foxes" was featured on the TV drama Grey's Anatomy.

Following the success of their third album, Rilo Kiley took yet another break to focus on personal projects. Boesel toured the world as Bright Eyes' drummer and worked with Sennet to record the Elected's sophomore release, Sun, Sun, Sun, but all efforts paled in comparison to the critical success of Jenny Lewis' solo debut, Rabbit Fur Coat. Released by Team Love Records (co-founded by Lewis' onetime labelmate, Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst) and featuring vocal duo the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat charted higher than any Rilo Kiley album to date. Lewis supported the album by touring three times in 2006, earning accolades from such media sources as Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR. Nevertheless, Warner Bros. had previously signed Rilo Kiley in the wake of More Adventurous' success, and the group reconvened once again to enjoy the major-label backing they'd worked so hard to achieve. Under the Blacklight, the band's first album on a majors' tab (and fourth full-length record overall), was released in August 2007.

Jenny Lewis released a second solo album called Acid Tongue in 2008, a tacit admission that Rilo Kiley was starting to unravel. No confirmation of the band's future was quick to arrive, however. In 2010, Jason Boesel told Paste the band was on hiatus and, then next year, Blake Sennett cryptically said the band was finished, but both members teased out a rarities compilation. That rarities set, called Rkives and featuring finished unreleased songs, finally appeared in the spring of 2013. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Track List: Let Me Back In (Single)

Comments

Favorite band.
I only like their song Dreamworld because of the guitars. Good enough.
They sound like a bunch of woosies
one of the best bands of all time love it
Jenny!!! Seems like she'd be fun to hang out with. Tell me it's not true that the band is over. Tell me it's not true.
v_montejo
Just stumbled in here, first time pandora played this band. Making a station from this for sure.
Dreamworld is a good song but kind of an Ocean Blue ripoff
I love Jenny.... Rilo Kiley rules!
i like her shes awesome
favorite
love these guys
Rilo Kiley is by far the best and most life changing discovery that Pandora has sent my way.
Woah-listeni n g to Silver Lining...sou n d s like a much better DCFC with super cool female vocals. Adore.
RIP Rilo Kiley
suntansam
been into them since i was pretty young. but the last album wasn't my fav. still bummed they wont be making any more music together.
I've been following rilo kiley around since i was 8yrs old i've met them and love them and their music. So sad to know they're not together no more :(
marlysaunder s
I'm writing a story about a 'dreamworld' and listening to Pandora... this song came on. I.. just... Thank you universe!
boring
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Did you know they broke up :(
There is something about her in Silver Lining that makes me think Aimee Mann.
Acid Tongue. Quite possibly the best album cover ever. Nice job Jenny! (--wink wink, nudge nudge--)
I love Jenny Lewis! Both Acid Tongue and Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins. I just realized Rilo Kiley was her band. Very cool.
aehickman0
Listen to this over and over. It's wonderful! Great musical artist.
Love, love this song! Can't get enough of it.
Can't get enough of Rilo Kiley...or Lewis in general. I love her solo stuff...but I will miss Rilo Kiley. I love the play between Jenny and Blake.
beautiful
snuffle8
Love her! love the music!
I find it interesting that Jenny Lewis' solo album(s) performed better than the band's group effort. I guess I'm in the minority that likes the band better. I also really enjoyed the first album when both Jenny and Blake alternately sang lead. I like bands with dual lead vocalists - I think it lends something interesting with the diversity of sound. I guess most people prefer a band to sound like one thing only.
claudiamburg o s
So simplistic and fresh, yet deeply felt.
ashleypfuntn e r
I adore her.
girlfriend and daughter are hard at work, not me
Over the past twelve months, Rilo Kiley has become a personal favourite, which is why I've got a copy of Under The Blacklight on order. My exposure was More Adventurous, followed by Blacklight. I've got Takeoffs And Landings, but I need more (although I do have a bunch of live stuff of theirs). Ah good times!
carrie.tahle r
Great song!!
Jenny Lewis was in a ton of stuff in the 80s... my favorite was Troop Berverly Hills
Love this song! I play it over and over again. Great band!
hollwoodstev e
She was in "Wizard"(I think thats it the one about the kid who played nintendo and had fred savage in it?), and he was in "salute your shorts"
Metallica and Megadeath WOO!!!!! \m/(>_<)\m/

....
....j/k
it says Jenny and Blake were "former child actors". Were they in something together? Anything famous? I'm too lazy to Google it! :p
Not sure how megadeth came up, but yeah early megadeth is good stuff.
this band is great, each album is good in its own right.
Megadeth is better ;-)

This is good too!
Pictures of Success is a great tune. Sounds a bit like Death Cab crossed with the Breeders?
shes way better alone
Very much like early Death Cab with female vocals. I love their sound, simple, strong and heartfelt with a touch of melancholy. They popped up as a recommendati o n from my Dressy Bessy station.
they say california is a recipe for a black hole
and i say i've got my best shoes on
i'm ready to go
:)
specter818
wurd
Great! Her voice is very nice, has a sort of coutry feeling to it.
I adore Rilo Kiley! There is nothing that compares. I always get recommendati o n s for Tilly & The Wall but please. Nothing is like Jenny or Blake. Even better live!!
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