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Jenny is Ne­vada’s Jenny Lewis of Rilo Ki­ley, pur­vey­ors of won­der­fully off-kil­ter in­die poprock; Johnny is Johnathan Rice, a Scot­tishAmer­i­can singer-song­writer whose style teeters some­where be­tween Neil Young and Gram Parsons. To­gether, how­ever (they are also real-life part­ners as well as be­ing cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tors), Jenny and Johnny stir it up by be­ing a lit­tle bit me and a lit­tle bit you. The ti­tle of the pair’s de­but al­bum may be I’m

but in be­tween the love’n’stuff ma­te­rial there are bit­ter­sweet quips, caus­tic asides and real life. Good to Old hands they might be, but over the years James Brad­field, Sean Moore and Nicky Wire have writ­ten more than their fair share of songs that blend the an­themic with the dy­namic. The flair the band show for songs of this na­ture is so in­nate it’s surely now part of their cre­ative DNA – from early ma­te­rial such as Mo­tor­cy­cle Empti­ness, Lit­tle Baby Noth­ing and Ev­ery­thing Must Go to lat­ter-day songs from their pre­vi­ous three su­perb al­bums (2007’s Send Away The Tigers, 2009’s Jour­nal for Plague Lovers, 2010’s Post­cards From a Young Man), the band has proven that be­ing of cul­tural rel­e­vance re­mains cru­cial to them. A new al­bum, 70 Songs of Ha­tred and Fail­ure, will be re­leased later this year, so ex­pect to hear one or two tracks in progress.

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