Monday, October 01, 2007

Rilo Kiley at Variety Playhouse.

I went and saw Rilo Kiley play at Variety Playhouse on Saturday night. This is the first time I've had the pleasure of seeing them play live, and I have to admit, I'm a total fan now.

Through all the screaming males in the room ("Jenny, I love you!"), the band was highly personable and made the venue seem like it was more intimate than it actually is. Of course, after watching her prance around in short shorts between the guitar, the keys, and even a stint on a cowbell during "Breakin' Up," it's no mystery why every man in the room was professing their love to Jenny Lewis. Hell, even my man friend, who was completely unfamiliar with Rilo Kiley, was asking me twenty questions about them after the show.

Performance-wise, the sound was incredible. There's nothing better than a band who back up their recorded material with a stellar live show, too. Considering the band has a slew of side projects they each do, they incorporated some of the songs from their other bands into the set, and it was beautifully done. Even the lighting reflected the songs, with blacklights (appropriate for the latest album, Under the Blacklight, which you should make sure you own if you don't already) shining on the stage during "Dreamworld" and red lights to indicate the saucy feel of "Moneymaker."

I took a couple of pictures, but they suck so bad that I don't want to put them here, so you get promo shots instead.

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