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Rilo Kiley was an American indie rock band from Los Angeles, founded in 1998 by Former Child Stars Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett with Pierre De Reeder and Dave Rock.

Starting off as a lo-fi, country-influenced indie band, they later transitioned to a poppier, Soul-influenced direction, following Lewis' voice as it dragged her into her thirties. Additionally, Sennett's role as a singer was drastically reduced (although he sings lead in his side project, 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 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:

  • Shout-Out: More Adventurous is titled after a Frank O'Hara quote.
  • Shur Fine Guns: "Accidntel Deth" (sic: Indietronica artist Dntel produced the song) includes at least one instance where the 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.
  • Title Track: The Execution of All Things, More Adventurous and Under the Blacklight each have one.
  • Take That!: To George W. Bush, 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?
  • Younger Than They Look: The girl in "15". The guy (who she met online) mistook her for a "tiny woman".