Trials + Tribulations

Rilo Kiley & Thao Tour
June 16, 2008, 2:38 pm
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Last night, I saw Rilo Kiley, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, and Benji Hughes.

Now, I would describe Benji Hughes as a guy who looks like he should be in ZZTop, sings like Englebert Humperdinck, backed by a rock band. It was cool because it was different and unexpected.

Thao (Nguyen) & the Get Down Stay Down sounded a lot different than I thought they would. I guess maybe it’s because I haven’t listened to the new record as much as I should’ve. The old one (Like the Linen) is just SO fabulous. On stage, Thao dances and thrashes her head like no one’s watching.

I was never a big Rilo Kiley fan. I have seen them before and thought they were good, but I never really fell in love until Jenny Lewis came out with her solo album. So, admittedly, it’s more about Jenny, but I really enjoy when Blake sings and look forward to his songs on the new album. Jenny’s smooth, sweet voice is intoxicating and almost, almost outdone by her onstage presence. You can tell she enjoys performing. I am eagerly awaiting her new solo album due out later this year and produced by Elvis Costello.

As for now, I will be downloading all that I can find and it looks like my first stop is for bootlegs at the Rilo Kiley Network.

“Little Boxes” (Weeds theme) Jenny Lewis & Jonathan Rice

“Roll On” Dntel (featuring Jenny Lewis)

“Nothing Better ” Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab) with Jenny Lewis