Rilo Confidential

Can a band reared on indie ethos survive a move to the majors, flak from its fans, and its own emotional upheaval?

"Yeah," Boesel says. "When I first started in the band, they had just broken up, so that's inherently awkward. To get out of a relationship and then be forced to tour with that person for like a year... It's strange, but the nature of their relationship is strange. It wouldn't allow them to be together, but it also allows them to spend a lot of time with each other. Personally, I don't think anyone really wants to hang out with their ex."

So does it ever get weird? "It's not too bad," Boesel says. "Pierre and I just sort of stay out of it. They have their issues that they work out, and we kind of just let them go. It works out well."

The sleek look of a band on the rise
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The sleek look of a band on the rise


Rilo Kiley performs at 7 p.m. Monday, October 1, at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Art in Manila and Grand Ole Party are also on the bill. Tickets cost $20, and doors open at 7 p.m. Call 954-727-0950, or visit

As have the band's fortunes. With the attention Under the Blacklight has garnered from its first week of release, it appears expectations have definitely been heightened. "Yeah, I think there's a feeling — just with all the press and stuff like that," Boesel observes. "Certain aspects are definitely exciting, but it's not like overnight there's 100,000 people at every show. It's definitely always been a gradual climb, but I think that this record is a definite ascension."

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