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Rilo Kiley to Headline at UW-Eau Claire's 12th Annual AIDS Benefit Concert

RELEASED: May 3, 2005

Rilo Kiley bandEAU CLAIRE — Los Angeles-based electronipop indie rock band Rilo Kiley will headline the 12th annual AIDS Benefit Concert on Friday, May 13, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Omaha-based Neva Dinova and up-and-coming local favorites Echo Bravo will open the show. Doors will open at 7 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The show is open to all ages.

Rilo Kiley is Jason Boesel (drums), Pierre de Reeder (bass), Jenny Lewis (guitars, vox), and Blake Sennett (guitars, vox). The foursome has been called "the tightest thing to emerge from the indie rock petri dish in years" by Time magazine. Their current album, "More Adventurous" (Brute/Beaute/Warner Bros. 2004), the band's first with major-label support, is a blend of '70s-inspired folk and soul, supercharged rock, and plenty of indie-rock charm. MTV News called the album "the biggest, brightest, shiniest offering of their career. And not coincidentally, it's also the first Rilo record to push Lewis' sonorous voice to the forefront."

In the last days of April, Rilo Kiley shared the stage with Coldplay in Las Vegas and at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California. The band is reportedly one of the opening acts for Coldplay's upcoming North American tour.

Omaha-based Neva Dinova has been through several incarnations since 1992, when guitarist and vocalist Jake Bellows and bassist Heath Koontz began writing songs and performing. Its current lineup includes Bellows and Koontz, guitarists Mike Kratky and Tim Haes, and drummer Bo Anderson. While remaining a "local band" for most of their history, the five-piece band developed a loyal fan base. As word spread, Neva Dinova built up an ever-expanding audience. The group's self-titled CD has been met with praise from both critics and fans alike.

"Coming off as a cross between a dreamy, ambient guitar-fronted project, a lounge act, and an Americanized U2, the five lads in Neva Dinova don't seem to falter too much," said All Music Guide's Kurt Morris. "This self-titled work shows that there's more going on in Omaha than some might think."

Drawing from a range of eclectic indie influences not usually cited by bands from Western Wisconsin, Echo Bravo produces a sound all their own among Chippewa Valley acts. By day the members of the local dance-punk-pop rock band work for music clubs, a magazine, a record store and a bakery. By night they howl at the Midwestern moon with a confident yet humble swagger of guitar and synth rock. All veterans of former Eau Claire bands with varying degrees of success, the members of Echo Bravo have earned their stripes in bands including Sled Napkin, Amateur Love, Dinner With Gregg and Vivian. They played their first show in late November 2004 to an enthusiastic crowd at the Stones Throw in Eau Claire, and will release an EP in mid-June.

Tickets are $5 and will be available only at the door. All proceeds of the show will benefit the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. The show is open to all ages; proof of age is required for alcohol purchases.

The concert is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate, Student Radio Initiative and Volume One Magazine.

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