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Blake Sennett says Rilo Kiley is no more: 'There was a lot of deception ...'

July 13, 2011 |  3:38 pm

For fans wondering what might become of the beloved L.A. indie-rock quartet Rilo Kiley amid the act's recent couplecore collaborations, solo ventures and fledgling labels, guitarist Blake Sennett has an answer -- the band's done for, and it's not a happy parting.

In an interview over at Spinner, Sennett gets surprisingly candid about the status of the band and its reasons for splitting. "There was a lot of deception, disloyalty, greed and things I don't really want to submit myself to," he said. He didn't point specific fingers, but conceded that he didn't really like the band's last album, the funk-infused "Under the Blacklight" and that bad vibes simmered for some time after.

In lieu of any new Rilo Kiley material, fans keeping up with their new projects have their hands full. Singer Jenny Lewis has a well-regarded solo career and new venture with boyfriend Johnathan Rice as Jenny and Johnny; Sennett's project the Elected just released a new album, "Bury Me In My Rings"; bassist Pierre de Reeder's Little Record Company has a residency at the Satellite all month with acts including Heidecker & Wood and Nik Freitas; and drummer Jason Boesel released a solo album, "Hustler's Son," last year and is an in-demand session drummer for scads of acts (and attended this year's Cannes with girlfriend Kirsten Dunst).

-- August Brown


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