Rilo Kiley | 09.25.07 | Philadelphia

Words & Images by: Jake Krolick

Rilo Kiley :: 09.25.07 :: The Trocadero :: Philadelphia, PA

Jenny Lewis - Rilo Kiley :: 09.25
Philadelphia turned dirty Hollywood for Rilo Kiley's sold out appearance. It was one of those nights where mothers held their daughters tight with a daunting fear of them being eaten up and spit out on the steamy streets. The gender-bending indie crowd dripped lusty hormones as Jenny Lewis let loose her tantalizing tinsel town glam on the old burlesque stage.

Rilo Kiley sold out The Trocadero riding bare-back on the success of their fourth album, Under the Blacklight (released August 21 via Warner Bros.). The L.A. foursome has been no stranger to the indie rock scene since they emerged in 2001, but it's the latest release that has catapulted them to that next level of stardom.

As difficult as it was to get the hipster crowd moving, the band has a true sense of how to perform and it wasn't long before we were able to sneak a peek through the glory hole into the world of Rilo Kiley. Fronted by former child actors Lewis and Blake Sennett (guitar, vocals) with Pierre de Reeder (bass) and Jason Boesel (drums), the band pumped out a fan's wet dream of old favorites and new hits. Lewis strummed casually through the Joan Jett and the Blackhearts sounding "Close Call" as pubescent screams and shouts of love echoed throughout the room. Her eyes danced across a sea of anxious dolled-up coeds as she took in the stares of affection from girls and guys alike. Her flirtatious moves came off a little too rehearsed, making every effort to wink or wave her little pinky as she slid around the stage or demurely leaned into the microphone.

Jenny Lewis - Rilo Kiley :: 09.25

Once you got past Lewis' sparkling silver hot pants and steamily staged antics, you were left with the music. Her harmonies with Sennett were at times charming in a way that resembled Fleetwood Mac. Lewis' ability to slip into the background and give her bandmates a chance to show off their nimble musicianship was gracious. Sennett executed some fancy ukulele play and many a shimmering guitar riff that brought to mind Nels Cline of Wilco. The enthralled audience eagerly sang along with older songs like "With Arms Outstretched" and "Does He Love You" – an impressive feat when you consider how snugly Lewis packed those songs with lyrical twists and turns.

Rilo Kiley :: 09.25
Lewis bore her teeth as she uncovered the seedy underbelly of western society, and more specifically, an unbecoming portrait of life in Los Angeles. Sex was the driving force here. Heck, even my photo pass oozed nasty as it sported porn star Faye Runaway's picture. It sat dodgy and wrong when Lewis asked if there were any 15-year-old boys in the audience before she sang "Fifteen" to one red-faced teenager. What did sit right in the live setting was a splendid little transition between "A Man/Me/Then Jim" directly into the loop from the beginning of "Under the Blacklight," which brought the house lights down and the strobe lights up. From here, the disco turned to song as Lewis led the band through "I Never" complete with crowded assisted clapping. The band felt tighter, less showy and more direct, which produced the best moments of the entire show.

Rilo Kiley's fans have a strong tendency to fall in love on the spot. Perhaps it's their beaming faces or easily swayed MySpace minds. Maybe it's just the band's uncanny knack for designing nuanced pop songs and performing them with flair. Lewis led the band into surprising territory, and one couldn't help but wonder if she was thinking of something else (like her burgeoning solo career). Rilo Kiley has made their name in indie-rock circles with songs that are cultured, perceptive and melodically clever. However, this performance pimped something else that reeked of an all-night party at L.A.'s Viceroy. Even so, as the crowd walked out onto Arch Street, no red-feathered critic could sway their excitement. Only one thing came to mind, "Beverly Hills, What a Thrill!"

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tourfan starstarstar Mon 10/8/2007 07:23PM
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So ... What are ya saying Jake, are they Pop Tart wanna Be's?

I liked your pics, but after my first read, I didn't really get a feel of what worked and what didn't in their show? It seems that you really weren't that into the show, but that the crowd was ...? Anybody else get that impression?

I gotta read the review again, with less tired eyes. So I'll follow up with another comment sometime tommorow.

bigchris starstarstar Mon 10/8/2007 08:22PM
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comparing this band to a great one like Fleetwood Mac is nuts. They have nowhere near the chops or songwriting abilities.

Saw their show in SF. Lottsa bubblegum pop.

Jenny Lewis looked totally hot in the that little dress. Oh yeah!!!

toestothenose Tue 10/9/2007 07:23AM
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toestothenose

Tourfan - Good call-out

Was the show something to see - sure, seeing something different is always fun.

I was wishy-washy in the write because I walked away liking cetain aspects alot (Harmonies, unselfishness on stage), but at the sametime disliking other aspects (what I percieved as a forced show). In the end I decided to talk of both the strong and weak points.

So for Rilo Kiley I'm middle of the road - Jenny Lewis is a star, is she for everyone - probobly not, but she's a star none-the-less.

See them and decide for yourself.

If you dig them also check out Inara George and the Bird and the Bee

gmoo Tue 10/9/2007 09:46AM
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gmoo

Did I just hear Fleetwood Mac and great band in the same sentence? Just kidding, sort of.

All Loving Liberal White Guy Tue 10/9/2007 11:05AM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

Rilo Kiley and Fleetwood Mac are both great bands. I can see where the comparison comes from on some levels. Well, musically speaking that is. However I don't think that the writer inplyed that they are the NEXT Fleetwood Mac. That's a tall order. If they are to be the next Fleetwood Mac, they need to get another girl in the band and have the dudes take a revolving door schdeule with her and Ms. Lewis and they all need to start snorting bumps piled as high as in the end of Scarface.

Needless to say, this is a great band and kudos to Jake for a well written piece.

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Tue 10/9/2007 02:16PM
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blower Tue 10/9/2007 03:45PM
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Sounds interesting she is hot. Not going out of my way to see them based on the review and if reccomended by USC Trojan inhaler, I'll stay clear.

USC - I don't now whether to laugh at you or pity you. Did John Bell sleep with your girl friend or something? Are you Todd Nance's bastard son? Your pathological hatered of other people's musical taste is seriously insane. Can't you focus your energy in a more positive manner. What does a indie/pop musician have to do with WSP? Absolutley nothing. How come you did't compare them to Keller, I heard his drummer is awesome?

Kayceman-what has to happen before you ban this guy? He is toxic to this place. Just take a look at any thread this year. He is a disgrace to this website, to music fans, to any artist that may actually want to advertise on jambase and frankly to any person with a functioning intellect. Sorry to the rest of you for feeding our resident flaming troll. Opinions are one thing but this guy is bad for this site.

cuttyfives Tue 10/9/2007 04:41PM
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somebody get these kids a lollypop and some tissues or change their damn diapers...If people didnt disagree on these boards and make jokes or unjustifiable criticisms many would not check over the course of the week. Lets agree we all want to check rilo kellys oil levels and not sweat others on these boards.

cuttyfives Tue 10/9/2007 04:43PM
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jenny lewis. lo siento.

emgriffi starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/10/2007 05:26AM
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Trojan Boy is a douch

jimmy row Wed 10/10/2007 07:30AM
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USC is just pissed because WSP are Stanford fans and they just beat the bag outta the trojans. JACK ASS

RothburyWithCheese star Wed 10/10/2007 03:05PM
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RothburyWithCheese

Yes the great Stanford Cardinal. Let's talk about one loss (only 7th in 7 years!!!) and not about their multiple championships or the fact that if NCAA football had a tournament they would probably win every year. And yes please take a look at my threads this year. Everyone always talks about the negative shit I comment on but whenever I say something positive on an article mum's the word. Keep whining Panic Heads...

RothburyWithCheese star Wed 10/10/2007 03:06PM
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RothburyWithCheese

Oh and Pete Carroll is staying. why go to the NFL (where he never had any success) to coach Buffalo or Miami???

aaronjl1 Wed 10/10/2007 05:24PM
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aaronjl1

Which is more outlandish... the legitimacy of trojan boy's opinions or the legitimacy of the trojans???

btw, i am not a "spreadhead" and would not appreciate being mislabled as such for voicing my opinion on a spread friendly site

emgriffi Thu 10/11/2007 08:18AM
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Trojan Boy: I am not a panic fan and you don't see me on here bashing about them. I don't come here to bash on Neil "Old" as your stupid ass calls him. Pretty much the only post I ever put up is because I am sick of reading your negativity about some pretty dam good artists. Sorry your tastes suck and you feel the need to bash on artists that dont make your boy band hall of fame. You and your Trojans are a bunch of fuck offs.

Oh yeah, who the hell cares whether Pete Caroll is staying, this is not espn.

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/11/2007 02:17PM
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RothburyWithCheese

Fuckoffs? Two titles and 5 top 5 finishes in 5 years?? That's being a fuck offs. I'm confused. And also i dont understand the Boy Band Hall of Fame. The Dead, SCI, Allman Brothers, System of a Down, Phish....those are boy bands?

aaronjl1 Thu 10/11/2007 08:24PM
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aaronjl1

That would be 1&1/2 titles...

& a ridiculously easy schedule...

It's no feat to have a good record when a team only has to show up for 3 games a year (if that many)...

Oregon, Cal, UCLA, Washington State, Arizona... PATSIES

Well, I guess it's not their fault they don't play anyone...

aaronjl1 Thu 10/11/2007 08:46PM
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aaronjl1

That would be 1&1/2 titles...

& a ridiculously easy schedule...

It's no feat to have a good record when a team only has to show up for 3 games a year (if that many)...

Oregon, Cal, UCLA, Washington State, Arizona... PATSIES

Well, I guess it's not their fault they don't play anyone...

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Fri 10/12/2007 03:01PM
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RothburyWithCheese

Easy schedule? Aside from being in the pac 10 they have to play nebraska and notre dame (who except for this year has always been solid). plus they slaughtered michigan in last year's bowl game. they play a hell of a lot harder schedule than the turds that play here in austin. Now that's an easy schedule!

thesloth29 Sun 10/14/2007 11:40PM
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thesloth29

HAHA! Who won the last time the Trojans played "the turds that play in austin"?

Ever heard of Vince Young? Oh right, he was the one mopping them up at the Rose Bowl.

I am seeing Rilo Kiley tomorrow in Santa Monica and looking forward it.