SATURDAY, JUNE 3
Los Angeles, CA
Jenny Lewis has released three acclaimed solo albums, that is on top forming the beloved Rilo Kiley in 1995, and her numerous guest appearances, and side projects. Her newest release is 2014’s well received release The Voyager, that album’s recordings took place with Ryan Adams and his long-term producer Mike Viola in their California studios. Lewis has collaborated with The Postal Service, Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and many more.
In 1995, Jenny Lewis formed the indie rock band Rilo Kiley along with her friends Pierre De Reeder, Blake Sennett and Dave Rock (later replaced by Jason Boesel). Beginning with a country sound, Rilo Kiley gravitated toward a downbeat indie rock sound, and with their 2004 album More Adventurous found widespread success. Critics such as Pitchfork attributed this to the “wise” decision to front Lewis on most of the songs (on earlier albums, Sennett contributed about half the vocals). The song “Portions for Foxes” was a hit, and in 2005 the band was picked up by Warner Bros., putting them on a major label for the first time. They opened for Coldplay on their U.S. tour in 2005. In 2002, Lewis was asked to contribute some female vocals for The Postal Service, whose album Give Up was an international success. Lewis performed in the video for the hit “We Will Become Silhouettes”, and toured with the band in 2003. Lewis also contributed vocals to several tracks on the 2004 Cursive album The Ugly Organ. In 2004, Conor Oberst invited Lewis to record a solo record for record label Team Love. Described by Lewis as “a kind of soul record,” Rabbit Fur Coat, released in January 2006, features contributions from musicians Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, M. Ward, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine, and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie on a cover of Traveling Wilburys song “Handle With Care”. Acid Tongue would follow in 2008, feature more collaborations, this time with Elvis Costello, Chris Robinson, and Lewis’ boyfriend (and the other half of her band Jenny and Johnny) Jonathan Rice among others. In 2014, Jenny Lewis returned with The Voyager, working with Ryan Adams and his long-time producer Mike Viola and then in 2016 formed the band NAF (Nice as F*ck) with Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Forster and the Like’s Tennessee Thomas.