February 2, 2011

Coachella Track of the Day: Jenny & Johnny - "Scissor Runner"

Jenny &  Johnny is Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley fame and Johnathan Rice, her beau. I saw Rice open up for Lewis on a solo gig she did at The Fillmore in San Francisco a few years back. When they were on stage together, I remember thinking that I could listen to a whole album of their collaborations. Last year, "I'm Having Fun Now" was released and its got a definite acid rock feel to most of the tracks. Their vocals match up really well although I wish more of the songs featured Jenny in a featured role rather than harmonizing with Rice. Her two previous solo albums, "Rabbit Fur Coat" [which featured The Watson Twins] and "Acid Tongue" branched her out from her role as lead singer of Rilo Kiley, a band she fronted for almost a decade alongside former Salute Your Shorts actor Blake Sennett [who played Ronald Pinksi].

Lewis was a child actress herself, co-starring in The Wizard with Fred Savage as well as Troop Beverly Hills. A lot of her material reflects her not having much of a childhood due to supporting her parents who seemingly were hard on her growing up. The collaboration with Rice reflects the title of the album as a lot of the songs featured are less lyrically driven and more fun acid pop rock songs.

The duo will be performing at Coachella on Saturday, April 16th. Make sure to check them out.

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