Breaking & Entering. A weekly column profiling acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Rilo Kiley.
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With a stirring meld of country-pop, rock and political swagger, Los Angeles indie darling Rilo Kiley proves itself worth the fuss with its self-released effort "More Adventurous."
The group's third full-length -- released on its own Brute/Beaute Records label, distributed through Warner Bros -- is a spontaneous romp through guitar-driven tracks ("Love and War," "It's a Hit") and even ups the ante with occasional lush strings ("Does He Love You?").
Vocalist Jenny Lewis transitions from the modern poster girl on the bold "Portions for Foxes," to the vulnerable woman in love for the Patsy Cline-esque "I Never." On "Does He Love You?" Lewis tackles a pregnancy in the midst of an affair, ultimately concluding - amidst a frenzied backdrop of violins and guitar - "I am flawed if I'm not free."
After the group's formation in 1998, its self-released debut was reissued in 2001 by Barsuk Records; touring gigs with the likes of the Breeders, Pedro the Lion and Superchunk followed.
The release of the group's second full-length, "The Execution of All Things" (Saddle Creek Records), in 2002 kicked off a series of nationwide tours. Time and attention also spawned side projects like Lewis' recent stint as part of indie rock/electronica supergroup the Postal Service, with who she sang and toured for its latest Sub Pop effort, "Give Up."
Rilo Kiley guitarist/singer Blake Sennett toured as the Elected for his solo Sub Pop debut "Me First," while current drummer and ex-Lassie Foundation member Jason Boesel recorded with indie rock act Bright Eyes. Bassist Pierre de Reeder rounds out the quartet.
The Postal Service's Jimmy Tamborello, Jimmy Eat World producer Mark Trombino and Saddle Creek's Mike Mogis came together as producers on "More Adventurous." Bright Eyes' Nate Wolcott contributed string arrangements.
The band made its first Billboard chart appearance two weeks ago with the No. 7 bow of "More Adventurous" on the Top Heatseekers chart.
Rilo Kiley will tour small clubs nationwide through Oct. 31 and appear on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" on Oct. 6.