By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer The band: Rilo Kiley The sound: Through four albums, Rilo Kileys West Coast-styled pop has evolved from friendly, lo-fi melodies into songs with full-grown, breezily gorgeous arrangements. From Day 1, the centerpiece of the band has been the charmingly conversational lyrical approach of vocalist Jenny Lewis. The reference points: Lewis can handle a tune as well as anyone this side of Neko Case, gliding through a pop song or scorching her way though a country-hued ballad. The bands mostly bouncy folk-pop songs probably owe their biggest debt to the California rock sound popularized by the Byrds, but contemporary music fans will hear the introspectiveness of Elliott Smith mixed with the effortless sway of Death Cab for Cutie.
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