'''Rilo Kiley''' was an American indie rock band from UsefulNotes/LosAngeles founded by {{Former Child Star}}s Music/JennyLewis and [[Series/SaluteYourShorts Blake]] [[Series/BoyMeetsWorld Sennett]] with Pierre De Reeder and Dave Rock in the late [[TheNineties Nineties]]. Starting off as a lo-fi, country-influenced indie band, they later transitioned to a poppier, {{Soul}}-influenced direction, following Jenny Lewis' voice as it dragged her to her thirties. Additionally, Sennett's role as a singer was drastically reduced (although he sings lead in his SideProject, The Elected).

The band broke up in 2011, with Lewis going on to a successful solo career.

They released five albums in total:
* ''Take-Offs and Landings'' (2001)
* ''The Execution of All Things'' (2002): Recorded with [[Music/BrightEyes Conor Oberst's]] Saddle Creek Records in Omaha, and it shows.
* ''More Adventurous'' (2004)
* ''Under the Blacklight'' (2007)
* ''Rkives'' (2013): A compilation of B-sides and rarities, including their debut EP from 1999. A well-received product of their amicable breakup.

!!Tropes Applying To This Band:
* ChristmasCake: Discussed in "X-Mas Cake", leading to an [[NightmareFuel absolutely]] [[AdultFear terrifying]] [[DeconstructedTrope conclusion]].
* ConceptAlbum: ''Under the Blacklight'', which is about Los Angeles' dark underbelly.
* DerangedAnimation: The video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ytDShWdLUA Bulletproof]], [[NightmareFuel yikes]].
* {{Ephebophile}}: The closest trope to "15," which is more or less about what you might expect. Also, from the same song: "[[ShotgunWedding Does your daddy have a shotgun?]]"
* EverybodySmokes: They do the "Smoke Detector," (the song itself is InTheStyleOf Music/TheBeachBoys).
* GratuitousSpanish: "Dejalo" again. Goddamit.
* HiddenTrack: "And That's How I Choose To Remember It", sort of - It's listed on the back cover of ''The Execution Of All Things'' as though it were the last track on the album, but actually it's broken into three parts that are hidden in the pre-gaps of different songs.
* LampshadeHanging: The move to Saddle Creek was lampshaded in the title track of ''The Execution of All Things'':
--> "Then we'll go to Omaha to work and exploit the booming music scene and humility."
* LastNoteNightmare: ''Does He Love You?'' Merciful GOD, ''Does He Love You?''
* MsFanservice: Jenny Lewis became more and more of this as time went on.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''More Adventurous'', when they went major-label and started exploring new directions.
* ShurFineGuns: "Accidntel Deth" (''sic'': Indietronica artist Dntel produced the song) includes at least one instance where the [[TitleDrop accidental death]] was of a deer the father of the narrator (who probably isn't Jenny Lewis) had killed when his shotgun went off without him meaning it to (probably because he hit it too hard or something) while hunting with ''his'' dad when he was eight. Her dad swears off guns after that.
* TakeThat: To UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, in "It's a Hit" (from ''More Adventurous''). She calls him a monkey. Hey, it was 2004, and that incident with the banner was still fresh in everybody's minds, OK?
* WhoWearsShortShorts / DangerouslyShortSkirt: Became a staple of Lewis' stage attire over time, to the point where one blogger facetiously [[http://www.idolator.com/310054/charting-the-demise-of-rilo-kiley-one-inch-of-miniskirt-fabric-at-a-time graphed the band's decline]] in direct correlation with the diminishing length of her pants and/or skirts.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: The girl in "15". The guy (who she met online) mistook her for a "tiny woman".