Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Concert review: Rilo Kiley

Los Angeles heartbreak-rock darlings Rilo Kiley played a raucous, triumphant return home Sunday night to a sold-out crowd at the Wiltern LG. It was an evening of pleasant surprises for fans who wondered whether the indie favorites -- newly bigtime with their latest release distributed by Warner Bros. -- would be able to hold their own in the 2,300-capacity Wiltern, a big step up from the cozy clubs they played in support of their first two records.

The band met the challenge and then some, opening with a forceful "It's a Hit," the appropriately titled song off last year's "More Adventurous" (Brute/Beaute/Warners). It was a night of big, bold sound and impressive instrumentation, rounded out by a couple of horns and frontwoman Jenny Lewis' rich, expansive vocals. The group delivered an astoundingly tight, joyous set -- an impressive show of enthusiasm from a band just off a grueling 41-date North American tour.

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