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Jenny Lewis @ Chicago's Vic Theatre 5/19/2015
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 3

"I'm a professional musician ... (but) all these balls are distracting me," she said with a laugh, as she fumbled the opening of her encore. Lewis is indeed a pro, a one-time child actress who still brings a hint of Hollywood glamour to her show. She's at ease in front of an audience; confident, stylish, with a knack for selling the songs with a raised fist, twirling wrist or pogo hop. At times, she and her six-piece band came off as slick, especially when they plunged into a half-dozen sleek rock songs from across Lewis' career, including her off-and-on band Rilo Kiley.

Yet her pristine voice, a piercing instrument in the upper register with a timbre reminiscent of a young Emmylou Harris, specializes in dispensing honesty, no matter how discomforting or withering it might be.
[Chicago Tribune]

Jenny Lewis is currently on tour and in the last week or so has played Chicago's Vic Theatre (5/19) and Gorge, WA's Sasquatch Music Festival (5/24). Pictures from the Vic, with opener Nikki Lane, are in this post.

In other news, she's also just released a couple videos, both of which feature SNL's Vanessa Bayer. The first is part of Bayer's "Sound Advice" series where Bayer plays media coach Janessa Slater who, among other topics, asks about Lewis' old group...Troop Beverly Hills. You can watch that below.

Lewis' child star past comes up again in the new video for "She's Not Me," the new single from last year's The Voyager. She directed it herself and it has nods to not only Troop Beverly Hills, but also The Wizard and her guest appearance on The Golden Girls. Helping her out are Vanessa Bayer, Fred Armisen, Girls' star Zosia Mamet and Leo Fitzpatrick (Telly from Kids). Watch it below.

Jenny's summer tour dates include a few opening for Wilco, and a few as part of Mumford & Sons' Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour, the latter of which hits NJ's Seaside Heights Beach on June 5 & 6 (tickets). All dates are listed with more pictures below.

Continue reading "Jenny Lewis played Chicago (pics), makes fun of child star past in new video ft. Vanessa Bayer, Fred Armisen & more"

by Andrew Sacher

Waxahatchee at Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)

As previously discussed, Katie Crutchfield is planning a new Waxahatchee album, and she'll soon be going on a solo tour previewing songs from it which hits NYC on November 10 at Le Poisson Rouge. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that support at that show comes from two Cerulean Salt contributors, Swearin's Allison Crutchfield (Katie's twin sister and former PS Eliot/Bad Banana bandmate, who released an excellent solo EP this year) and Radiator Hospital (the project of former Waxahatchee bassist Sam Cook-Parrott, who released an excellent album this year that Katie sings on). Tickets for that show are on sale now. RadHos and Allison also open for Waxahatchee (separately) at her two Philly shows.

Right after the NYC show, Waxahatchee will open a few dates for one of her biggest influences, Jenny Lewis (Katie has a Rilo Kiley tattoo), on her tour. She won't be at her NYC or Long Island date, but she does open for her in Philly. Updated Waxahatchee dates are listed below.

Radiator Hospital and Allison Crutchfield (who also appear on each others' new releases) are also touring together before those Waxahatchee shows. That tour includes a previously discussed NYC show on October 19 at Silent Barn with Slutever, Girlpool and Libbie 2000. Updated list of their dates below as well.

Continue reading "Radiator Hospital and Allison Crutchfield opening for Waxahatchee who's opening for Jenny Lewis (dates)"

Jenny Lewis at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis put out her newest solo album, The Voyager, earlier this year and she's been playing several shows in support of it, including quite a few festival appearances. Though it looks like more dates may be TBA, she has a handful of US dates booked for this fall including a NYC show on November 5 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon with AmEx and artist presales starting Wednesday (9/3) at noon.

All currently known dates are listed, with a video from The Voyager, below...

Continue reading "Jenny Lewis touring, playing Terminal 5 (dates)"


"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[
NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...

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Disclosure @ SXSW 2013 (more by Chad Wadsworth)

Killer Mike @ Mohawk, June 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Killer Mike

today in NYC
* Dune Rats @ Cake Shop
* The Waterboys @ Town Hall
* Daria Binkowski @ The Stone
* David Cross, Michael Cera @ 92Y
* 3421, Roy Orbit @ Mercury Lounge
* Sam Pluta and Jim Altieri @ The Stone
* Kyle Evans, Svavar @ Pete's Candy Store
* Highasakite, Tall Ships @ Mercury Lounge
* Garbage, IO Echo @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Killer Mike, Two-9, Morri$ @ Public Assembly
* Low, AMCE String Quartet @ The Concert Hall
* Dan Croll, Feathers, Lorna Dune @ Glasslands
* Matte Black, Great War, IYEZ @ Saint Vitus Bar
* Anberlin, All Get Out, Paper Route @ Irving Plaza
* Disclosure, ARNOLD @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Sky Ferreira, How To Dress Well @ Bowery Ballroom
* Bridgett Everett & The Tender Moments @ Joe's Pub
* Beach Fossils, Shark?, The Denzels @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Shout Out Out Out Out , He Met Her @ Cameo Gallery
* Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Bodyparts, Yvette @ Silent Barn
* Audio Scar, Maybe the Welders, Violette @ Knitting Factory
* Hannibal Buress, Death By Roo Roo, Matt Koff @ Union Hall
* August Wells, Sondra Sun-Odeon, Sky White Tiger @ Union Pool
* Richard Kennedy, Sam Mickens, Shane Shane @ Bowery Electric
* The Protomen, You Bred Raptors?, FORTS @ Santos Party House
* Big Terrific w/ Claudia Cogan, Michael Che, Emily Heller @ Cameo
Follkazoid, Endless Boogie, The Holydrug Couple @ Death By Audio
* Peanut Butter Lovesicle, Wall, Sullivan, Full Vinyl @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Heist, Pump The Juice, Four Trips Ahead, Delaluna, Little Luci @ Webster Hall
* Claudia Cogan, Sara Schaefer, Erin Lennox, Andrea Ilene Shapiro @ Spike Hill
* Rick Crom, Jodie Wasserman, Kelly Warne, Aikido Sticatto, Dale Cook @ Littlefield
* Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories, The No Fairy Tale, TourAnya Marina @ Highline Ballroom
* Nick Turner, Colin Quinn, Sara Schaefer, Barry Rothbart, Henry Zebrowski @ Union Hall
* Silent Drape Runners (DJ Set), Field Mouse, Fear Of Men, Slander, The Lost Patrol @ Pianos
Ecstatic Music Fest w/ Steven Mackey, Rinde Eckert, Big Farm, Jack Quartet @ Merkin Concert Hall

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As mentioned, Rilo Kiley are releasing b-sides/outtakes compilation RKives on April 2. The band has just released a video for "Let Me Back In," featuring well-edited archival footage of the band. You can watch it below.

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rilo kiley

It's been six year's since Rilo Kiley's last album, Under the Blacklight, and the band, who singer Jenny Lewis says "never broke up," are finally coming out of hibernation... for a b-sides and rarities compilation. That record, titled RKives, includes nine never-before-released songs, demos, b-sides, and other loose tracks. The 16 track release, out April 2, will be available on CD and double vinyl with a booklet designed by the band. You can preorder RKives at Rilo Kiley's website.

The band are making a video for the album's first single "Let Me Back In," and they're looking for help:

Help us make our video! For our first single, "Let Me Back In", we invite you to upload your favorite personal Rilo Kiley video clip, band footage, created animation, etc... whatever you have in moving pictures that you'd like to share with us. We will then view and choose among them to incorporate into the video. All submissions are due by March 5th at RiloKiley.com.
You can stream "Let Me In" over at SPIN. In other news, in addition to going on tour as part of The Postal Service this summer, Jenny Lewis also wrote and recorded five new songs for the film Very Good Girls which recently premiered at Sundance and stars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen. Lewis also was music supervisor on the film.

As for new Rilo Kiley music, Lewis told Buzzfeed:

I just tend to think in my life you can never shut the door on anything: an ex-lover, a bandmate, a song -- there are so many songs that I didn't want to play for so many years but then they kind of come back around and they become relevant again.
Track list for RKives is below.

Continue reading "Rilo Kiley ready b-sides and rarities compialtion; Jenny Lewis not ruling out a new album, scored indie film"

photos by Chris La Putt

Jenny Lewis

"[Jenny Lewis's] hour long set (as the opening act for their good friends, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band) featured Lewis classics such as "Acid Tongue", "The Next Messiah" and Rilo Kiley's "Silver Lining" plus one or two new songs. And of course, they pulled Conor Oberst out to join them on one song, at which point he and Lewis pressed their faces together to share the microphone center stage." [Cassie]
The River to River Festival's annual free Independence Day concert in NYC's Battery Park went down as planned, rain-free, on Saturday (7/4/2009 @ 3:30PM)
"It was nice being able to just lay down and sun-nap for a little while listening to live music." [Spatula Queen]

"The concert was fabulous. The weather was perfect (clear sky, breezy), and there was a great energy in the park. There were tooons of people there.." [my so-called life]

"conor oberst was great. much better than i thought he would be." [Anonymous | July 4, 2009 10:36 PM]

"Kicked it on a blanket in a park listening to those two for hours. Pretty much one of the best afternoons I had ever had." [Typoscura]

More pictures, and both setlists, below...

Continue reading "Jenny Lewis & Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band @ Battery Park in NYC (July 4th) - pics & setlists"

photos by Tim Griffin

Jenny Lewis

The fantastic lineup of Jenny Lewis, Deer Tick, and Farmer Dave hit the stage of Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last night (6/9). If you missed it, Jenny will be back soon, Deer Tick will be back soon, and you can look at a bunch more pictures, including one of Jenny's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Jenny Lewis, Deer Tick, Farmer Dave @ MHOW - pics, setlist"

Jenny Lewis - Bolt

I just saw the animated Disney movie Bolt. Like the critics said, it was really great, and not just because it's completely in 3-D.

I won't post any spoilers, but the film is about a dog named Bolt (John Travolta) and his human Penny (Miley Cyrus). In additon to the score, there are basically two full songs in the movie. One is actually sung by John and Miley. That comes at the end. The other, by Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis, is during a (what I think was a) major scene of the movie. It completely surprised me. I wasn't 100% sure it was her, but the credits confirmed it, and then the credits confirmed that the child actress is also assistant director which had me leaving the movie thinking she had that job, though IMDB points out that she is the voice of a character called "assistant director" (which makes more sense I think).

The Jenny and Miley songs are both on the soundtrack which is otherwise all John Powell's score. Not on the soundtrack: Motorhead's "Dog Face Boy" which has a quick cameo in the movie (no spoilers). The Jenny Lewis (new) and Motorhead (old) songs, and another video that ties them together nicely, below...

Continue reading "Jenny Lewis barking at the moon in Bolt, Motorhead too"

concert photos by Chris La Putt, backstage shots by Kyle Dean Reinford

DOWNLOAD: Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue (MP3)

Jenny Lewis

"It was a great show with a nice mix of songs from Rabbit Fur Coat & Acid Tongue and I have to say, the songs from Acid Tongue (most of which I was seeing live for the first time tonight) came across very well, especially "The Next Messiah"! It was a a really nice show tonight and I had a lot of fun!" [Sean]
Jenny Lewis took the stage at The Apollo for the second time in a month on Saturday night (Oct 4) (the first time was for an Elvis Costello show taping) (Elvis also appears on her new album). Last weekend Jenny played twice at Austin City Limits.

Sarah Silverman (who made a guest appearance in one of Jenny's videos) made a surprise appearance as the Apollo opener. More pictures below...

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Conor Oberst

Jenny Lewis

M. Ward took the stage first to start off Conor Oberst's aftershow at La Zona Rosa around 10 p.m Sunday, without the high-powered band that accompanied him during his Friday set at the festival. Ward is just as good solo as he is with his band, however, as the big sound of his finger-picking style compensates for the lack of umph. He played a few repeats from his Friday set, including, "Sad, Sad Song" and "Chinese Translation," before bringing out Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, who appeared at the festival on Sunday. Rawlings and Ward traded licks and Welch sang backup on Ward's "Fuel For Fire," a mellow cover of "It Hurts Me Too" and Ward's "One Life Away" to finish the set.

Lewis came out second. Her performance on Friday in the WaMu tent was good, but inside La Zona Rosa the show was bigger and better. [Austin 360]

Kyle wrapped up his Austin trip at the late-night Sunday show at La Zona Rosa. Friends M Ward, Jenny Lewis and Conor Oberst were all on the bill, and they had all played the actual festival over the weekend as well. Due to scheduling, Kyle missed M Ward both times, and he ended up seeing Jenny twice and Conor twice. He may also be in attendance when Jenny plays NYC this weekend (and he saw her recently at Terminal 5) (hopefully she doesn't file a restraining order). More pictures from the La Zona Rosa show below...

Continue reading "Conor Oberst & Jenny Lewis @ La Zona Rosa, Austin - pics"

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis is in the midst of a tour in support of her new album that has her in Texas at the moment. Yesterday, Friday September 26th, she performed for an hour on the WaMu stage on the first of three days of the ACL Festival. On Sunday she plays another Austin show and by October 4th she'll reach NYC to play one at the legendary Apollo Theater. More pictures from yesterday below...

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DOWNLOAD: Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue (MP3)

this much would even last Jay Reatard a while
Jenny Lewis

No I've never heard of a bible officer
Jenny Lewis

"Acid Tongue" (that MP3 up there) is the debut track off the new Jenny Lewis album with the same name. Acid Tongue is out September 23rd via Warner Brothers. I can't tell who the backup singers are on the track, but if we were going to guesss, we have Johnathan Rice, Farmer Dave Scher, Jason Boesel, Jason Lader, M Ward, Chris Robinson, Benji Hughes, Zooey Deschanel, and Vanessa Corbala to choose from. I would have added Elvis Costello to that list, but we already know his track is called "Carpetbaggers". The cover art would make Albert Hofmann proud. You can see it above. The track listing can be viewed below.

Tickets may still be on sale for the show Jenny Lewis is playing at the Apollo Theater on October 4th, and tickets just went on sale for a show she added one day later in New Haven, CT. All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Jenny Lewis - a new MP3, LSD & more 2008 Tour Dates "

Rilo Kiley @ Terminal 5 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis will release a solo album Acid Tongue on Warner Bros Records in September. This is the follow-up to her internationally acclaimed 2006 album Rabbit Fur Coat (Team Love Records). The album announcement comes just weeks after Jenny wrapped a world wide tour in support of Rilo Kiley's Under The Blacklight album (Warner Bros Records, 2007).

Some of Lewis' most steadfast collaborators appear on Acid Tongue: Johnathan Rice, Farmer Dave Scher, Jason Boesel, Jason Lader and M Ward. She also invited other notable musician friends into the fold, including Elvis Costello for a duet ("Carpetbaggers"), Chris Robinson (of The Black Crowes), Benji Hughes, Zooey Deschanel (of She & Him) & Vanessa Corbala (of Whispertown2000) on backing vocals, Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle / The Entrance Band) and her sister Ana provided strings, Davey Faragher (of The Imposters) on bass, as well as Laurel Canyon's own Jonathan Wilson on guitar, and even members of Jenny's own family. Her sister Leslie Lewis provided backing vocals on two songs while her father, harmonica virtuoso Eddie Gordon makes a star turn on rumbling bass harp.

The all analog, no Pro-Tools sessions were all part of a shared aesthetic between Lewis, her producers, and her musician collaborators, working quickly and tracking her vocals entirely live and without embellishment. Recorded at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California in just 3 weeks, the album's tracks, disparate as they are, share a sparkling vitality; Lewis' voice has never sounded so expressive and the narratives have never been so hard-hitting and acerbic.

The album tracklist and tour dates below...

Continue reading "Jenny Lewis - 2008 Tour Dates & a new album starring Elvis Costello, She, Him, Chris Robinson & others"

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Thao Nguyen

Nguyen is raspy and jarring where Lewis is sweet and graceful, and her energetic, slightly manic performance definitely left an impression on the crowd. Extra kudos go to Thao's backing band, The Get Down Stay Down, for replacing almost an entire percussion section with really enthusiastic clapping and the best use of mariachis I've seen since grade four music class. [a review of last week's Toronto show]
TWTGDSD played their first of three NYC shows last night (June 2, 2008). It was opening for Rilo Kiley at Terminal 5. They do it again tonight (June 3). Wednesday they play their own show at Mercury Lounge. More pictures below....

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Rilo Kiley @ Terminal 5

The set was split pretty evenly between the band's last three albums. There was a jovial performance of "Breakin' Up," which has to be the most cheerful break-up song ever recorded. "With Arms Outstretched" included what was perhaps Lewis' best moment of the night when she really let loose during the song's climactic ending chorus. "I Never" and the encore performance of "Portions For Foxes" were also highlights. [a review of last week's Toronto show]
Rilo Kiley played their first of two headlining shows at Terminal 5 in NYC last night (June 2, 2008). More pictures below...

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Thao and the get down stay down

Tickets will be available at the door for a late headlining Thao Nguyen show at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday. Tonight and tomorrow Thao opens for Rilo Kiley at Terminal 5. All dates below....

Continue reading "Thao Nguyen WTGDSD adds 3rd NYC show + other tour dates"

Thao by Bao (more)
Thao Nguyen

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down is touring and then touring some more with Rilo Kiley including both shows at Terminal 5 in NYC. Tickets are still on sale for at least one of those. All dates below....

Continue reading "Thao w/ Get Down Stay Down - 2008 Tour Dates (Rilo Kiley)"

Tickets are on presale for the 2nd Terminal 5 show and others.

Winona Rider & Blake Sennett

Winona Ryder revealed she is engaged to Blake Sennett, a guitarist in the indie rock band Rilo Kelly, at the fall 2008 Valentino fashion show in Paris. In addition to the surprising engagement, she and Sennett have been working on a film Water Pill and she'll soon start filming The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. Winona has had a history of romances with rockers ranging from Soul Asylum's Dave Primer to Counting Crows' Adam Druitt, prompting former BFF Courtney Love to remark, "You're no-one in music until you have feuded with me or until you sleep with Winona". [Getty]
UPDATE:US Magazine says it's not true. (thx Mark)

ELSEWHERE: Jenny Lewis is working on a new solo album "which features several guests, including the Black Crowes' Chris Robinson, M. Ward, actress/singer Zooey Deschanel and Elvis Costello."

More photos of the happy couple (by Eric Ryan of Getty Images) below....

Continue reading "Winona Ryder NOT engaged to Rilo Kiley's Blake Sennett"

DOWNLOAD: The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony (MP3)

The Verve

As rumored, the LA Times is reporting that reunited British band The Verve are among those playing Coachella this year....

At a news conference scheduled for today, Tollett and his business partners, which include concert promotion giant AEG Live, plan to announce the full lineup for the ninth edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio this April. It will include the Verve, the Raconteurs, Jack Johnson, My Morning Jacket and Rilo Kiley. (thx CDS)
Supposedly also Portishead.