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Rilo Kiley

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Jenny Lewis (guitars, vocals), Blake Sennett (guitars, vocals), Pierre de Reeder (bass) and Jason Boesel (drums) fuse indie-pop and alt-country together for a sound that emphasizes their emotional, playful lyrics. The Los Angeles-based band got together in 1998 and released their first full-length cd, Take Offs and Landings, three years later. The follow-up, 2002’s The Execution of All Things, was hailed as “a dynamic album with intriguing lyrics, a country/folk shimmer, and explosive pop moments” by Pitchfork.

After building a strong following through touring and other projects (Lewis is also a member of the band The Postal Service and most of Rilo Kiley appears on Bright Eyes’ most recent CDs), the band released More Adventurous in 2004. Their newest CD puts lead-singer Lewis’ voice at the forefront. “This record represents how comfortable I am with my voice,” she said. “I feel proud that I’ve gotten to a point where I’m no longer inhibited.”

Lewis’ vocal confidence has critics comparing her to some of music’s most respected vocalists. Rolling Stone wrote the CD “packs big-city country music and meticulously breezy arrangements into eleven sweet, heartbroken songs. They’re sung in a voice that’s equal parts Loretta Lynn and wounded indie girl.”

Like Loretta Lynn, Lewis is singing from her own experiences, which give the songs a real emotional bent.

“A lot of the album is my outlook on matters of the heart,” Lewis said. “After getting brutalized, it’s possible to go inward and be a little destructive. But at the same time it’s going to become possible to be a little bit more adventurous with love. You allow yourself to open up a bit.”

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