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Breaking News: Rilo Kiley Called It Quits Three Years Ago

Rilo Kiley‘s indefinite hiatus got a lot more definite today when Spinner published an interview in which guitarist Blake Sennett apparently claimed that the band was in fact broken up, and had been since their Under the Blacklight tour wrapped in June 2008. He also took shots at some of the songs on Under the Blacklight and misquoted Annie Hall on the way to comparing Rilo Kiley to a band that wasn’t moving forward.

Sennett may simply be tired of answering the same questions about a band he hasn’t played with in years. In April, he told Consequence of Sound, “If Rilo Kiley were a human being, he?s probably laying on his back in a morgue with a tag on his toe. Now, I see movies where the dead get up and walk. And when they do that, rarely do good things happen.” Paste followed up on this line of inquiry a month ago, and Sennett seemed in better spirits about his bandmates and former band, though a reunion seemed no closer. Today’s interview, then, marks at least the third time he’s been asked about Rilo Kiley’s future while promoting the new Elected album Bury Me In Rings.

Of course, speaking publicly about hurt feelings has always been the M.O. of Rilo Kiley’s members, particularly Sennett and co-leader Jenny Lewis. We recall Sennett introducing the song “Fireflies in a Steel Mill” at an Elected show in March 2006?before Rilo Kiley even recorded Under the Blacklight?by comparing himself to a firefly and someone else, whom no one in the room doubted was Lewis, to molten steel, to the glow of which the firefly was, literally, fatally attracted. And, of course, their 2007 Spin cover story was much the same. Maybe, like Fleetwood Mac, they are broken up until the next time they get back together.

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Rilo Kiley Rock VH1 Offices

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Missed Rilo Kiley at their sold-out Webster Hall shows? So did we, which only compounded our case of the Mondays. The only thing that could salvage our day? Having the adventurous indie darlings over to rock the 20th floor offices of VH1. Which is precisely what they did this morning. To promote their brand new Under the Blacklight, the Kiley stopped by to play us three tracks off their latest.

The band launched into their slinky, sex-worker single “The Moneymaker,” with the lovely Jenny Lewis nailing every note, despite her self-confessed sleepiness. “This is the first time this combination has ever happened,” the floppy-hatted Lewis dead-panned, gesturing to her coffee and her performance. Next up, the band played a bongo-laced version of “Dreamworld,” with co-singer Blake Senett on vocals, before finishing up with the impossibly tiny Lewis warmly belting out the glorious “Silver Lining” (watch the video here). Before they jetted off to their Conan appearance, the band hung around to chat and eat cupcakes. Pop stars — they’re just like us! Check out their latest record here.

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