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February 5, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Is it time to admit that Rilo Kiley is never, ever getting back together? Sure seems that way. Nearly six years after the release of its last studio album, the L.A. band announced Monday that it's preparing a disc of rarities for release through bassist Pierre de Reeder's label, Little Record Co. "RKives," due April 2, will contain previously unreleased songs along with demos, B-sides and remixes, including a version of "Dejalo" that reportedly features...
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October 3, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The three long-haired sisters of L.A.'s Haim look as if they're from the 1960s, crib lyrics from the 1970s and prize musical tricks from the 1980s. Yet the trio's major-label debut, "Days Are Gone," may be the freshest-sounding album you'll hear all year. How does that work? Background and context both figure into it. Este, Danielle and Alana Haim grew up in the San Fernando Valley playing in a cover band, Rockinhaim, with their parents, who taught them to love -- and to study -- the timeless songwriting verities embedded in tunes by the Beatles and the Eagles.
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July 3, 2003 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
The songs on Rilo Kiley's second album, "The Execution of All Things," are catchy and down-to-earth, but they also carry a hint of childhood mystery, with Jenny Lewis' voice and nursery rhyme passages suggesting that the adult struggles outlined in the songs are rooted in the deepest memories. So it somehow seems appropriate when the singer looks around the old-school Silver Lake coffee shop where she's having lunch and says her mother once was a waitress here.
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April 14, 2013 | By August Brown
When did you first hear the Postal Service? If that question has any particular resonance for you, then the answer is likely "10 years ago, in high school or college, on a CD-R mix comp from somebody I was awkwardly pursuing romantically. " And that, Coachellans, is the short version of why a band with one album that rarely toured upon its release 10 years ago can play one of the biggest slots at one of America's preeminent music fests. The electro-pop duo of Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello got under your skin at a sensitive age, and stayed there.
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August 19, 2007 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
There is a girl in a tank top who appears in the lyrics of "Smoke Detector," a backbeat-powered, beach party-worthy romp on "Under the Blacklight," the fourth album by the much-loved Los Angeles band Rilo Kiley. She is not wearing a bra, and she cries "Danger!" when she hits the dance floor. Jenny Lewis created this character. But she can't completely relate. "It's not me. I always wear a bra," said Lewis, the band's singer and principal songwriter.
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January 20, 2006 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
Jenny Lewis, the singer for the Los Angeles band Rilo Kiley, has played just one hometown show before releasing her first solo album, and wouldn't you know, someone recorded the unannounced set at the Echo last summer and now her new songs are circulating on the Internet. So will her fans be tired of the music before it comes out on Tuesday?
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October 17, 2007 | Mikael Wood, Special to The Times
In "Close Call," one of the best cuts on Rilo Kiley's terrific new album, "Under the Blacklight," frontwoman Jenny Lewis notes that there's a "funny thing about money for sex -- you might get rich but you'll die by it." That line may serve as a metaphor for "Under the Blacklight's" mixed reception.
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November 10, 2002 | Kevin Bronson
Neva Dinova "Neva Dinova" (Crank!) *** 1/2 Reaching the crest of the title track of "The Execution of All Things," Jenny Lewis of the Los Angeles band Rilo Kiley sings: "Then we'll go to Omaha, to work and exploit the booming music scene...." Whether her tone is earnestly hopeful or sweetly ironic, that's exactly what Rilo Kiley did, signing to indie label Saddle Creek and recording its engaging second album in Nebraska. Out of the same city and recording studio (but via an L.A.
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February 14, 2008 | Kevin Bronson
There's no need to practice partisan politics to endorse Grand Ole Party, especially if you like your rock 'n' roll raw and soulful. The San Diego-based trio, which released its debut album "Humanimals" on Super Tuesday, dispenses its retro blues like indefatigable campaigners, with singing drummer Kristin Gundred belting it out as if Grace Slick and Tina Turner never happened. "I'm more drawn to things that are really intense; that's probably why I sing the way I do," she says. "And in front of this band, that's certainly the way it comes out."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2006 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
While Jenny Lewis is using her solo album to simplify her music, her co-leader in Rilo Kiley, Blake Sennett, is moving in the opposite direction with his side project, the Elected. It began as a spare-time, homemade project with no particular aim for release, but it eventually grew into an album of minimalist California folk-pop called "Me First," and Seattle's Sub Pop label put it out in 2004.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Is it time to admit that Rilo Kiley is never, ever getting back together? Sure seems that way. Nearly six years after the release of its last studio album, the L.A. band announced Monday that it's preparing a disc of rarities for release through bassist Pierre de Reeder's label, Little Record Co. "RKives," due April 2, will contain previously unreleased songs along with demos, B-sides and remixes, including a version of "Dejalo" that reportedly features...
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June 21, 2009 | Denise Martin
Go on and talk about: "(500) Days of Summer." To celebrate the first day of summer (and promote its upcoming picturesque, downtown L.A.-set romantic comedy starring indie darlings Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel), Fox Searchlight has teamed up with street vendors across the city to hand out freebies to the first 500 people who arrive at the Sprinklesmobile, Cool Haus ice cream, Kogi's taco truck, Pink's hot dogs and more.
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September 24, 2008 | Ann Powers, Times Pop Music Critic
Jenny Lewis no longer calls Silver Lake home, but she hasn't moved to Laurel Canyon. The woodsy bungalow she shares with her companion and musical collaborator, Johnathan Rice, sits in an obscure corner of the San Fernando Valley, not too far from either of the neighborhoods favored by L.A.'s rock elite, but on its own ground. "I feel like this is an undiscovered area," said the 32-year-old singer-songwriter on a recent Friday afternoon.
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September 7, 2008
Afronaut auteurs The experimental edge of black pop is alive with new music right now. Tricky, the Bristol, England-born dark Magus responsible for some of the most original sounds of the late '90s, makes a smashing comeback with the album "Knowle West Boy," out domestically Tuesday on the Domino label; he plays his first local date in five years Friday at the Henry Fonda Theater. Big Boi, the earthier half of Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast, releases his first official solo debut, "Sir Luscious Left Foot . . . the Return of Chico Dusty," Oct. 28 on LaFace/Zomba Records.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2008 | Kevin Bronson
There's no need to practice partisan politics to endorse Grand Ole Party, especially if you like your rock 'n' roll raw and soulful. The San Diego-based trio, which released its debut album "Humanimals" on Super Tuesday, dispenses its retro blues like indefatigable campaigners, with singing drummer Kristin Gundred belting it out as if Grace Slick and Tina Turner never happened. "I'm more drawn to things that are really intense; that's probably why I sing the way I do," she says. "And in front of this band, that's certainly the way it comes out."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2007 | Mikael Wood, Special to The Times
In "Close Call," one of the best cuts on Rilo Kiley's terrific new album, "Under the Blacklight," frontwoman Jenny Lewis notes that there's a "funny thing about money for sex -- you might get rich but you'll die by it." That line may serve as a metaphor for "Under the Blacklight's" mixed reception.
NEWS
August 30, 2007 | Todd Martens, Times Staff Writer
Disney's "High School Musical 2" soundtrack easily fended off a slew of challengers, holding onto the No. 1 spot on the national album chart for a second week by selling 367,000 copies, bringing its two-week sales total to just under 1 million. It was the only album to crack the 100,000 sales mark on an otherwise slow pop week. Still, veteran rapper Talib Kweli posted the highest-charting album of his career with his third solo effort, "Ear Drum," which entered at No.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2008 | Ann Powers, Times Pop Music Critic
Jenny Lewis no longer calls Silver Lake home, but she hasn't moved to Laurel Canyon. The woodsy bungalow she shares with her companion and musical collaborator, Johnathan Rice, sits in an obscure corner of the San Fernando Valley, not too far from either of the neighborhoods favored by L.A.'s rock elite, but on its own ground. "I feel like this is an undiscovered area," said the 32-year-old singer-songwriter on a recent Friday afternoon.
NEWS
August 30, 2007 | Todd Martens, Times Staff Writer
Disney's "High School Musical 2" soundtrack easily fended off a slew of challengers, holding onto the No. 1 spot on the national album chart for a second week by selling 367,000 copies, bringing its two-week sales total to just under 1 million. It was the only album to crack the 100,000 sales mark on an otherwise slow pop week. Still, veteran rapper Talib Kweli posted the highest-charting album of his career with his third solo effort, "Ear Drum," which entered at No.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2007 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
There is a girl in a tank top who appears in the lyrics of "Smoke Detector," a backbeat-powered, beach party-worthy romp on "Under the Blacklight," the fourth album by the much-loved Los Angeles band Rilo Kiley. She is not wearing a bra, and she cries "Danger!" when she hits the dance floor. Jenny Lewis created this character. But she can't completely relate. "It's not me. I always wear a bra," said Lewis, the band's singer and principal songwriter.
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