When Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis embarked on her 2006 solo tour, I picked up tickets, but told people, "I wish it were Rilo Kiley touring." After seeing her play the 9:30 Club (listen to the show) with the Watson Twins - who, incidentally, just signed with Vanguard and played SXSW - I changed my tune. The country/gospel of Rabbit Fur Coat had grown on me big time.
By the time the band did get around to touring a year later (listen to the show), I found myself wishing it were another Lewis solo show, and, initially underwhelmed by Under the Blacklight, decided to pass. Since then, thankfully, that record has grown on me, too - and Rilo Kiley is touring again.
Blacklight isn't the great album Lewis's solo effort is, nor is it as solid as the band's More Adventurous (2004); it is, ironically, more adventurous. The record is sleeker, synthier, and more poppy than any of the group's previous, indie-twang material, and that's ok. Rilo Kiley's melodies are strong as ever, and this time, I won't be missing out.