Like Rilo Kiley or Jonathan Fire Eater, Rooney is the name of a band, not a person. But if you happen to watch Fox's The OC, you may already know this: there was an episode in the first season revolving around the kids attending a Rooney show with a sketchy cocaine dealer. Not that the band, one of L.A.'s A-list alternative acts, needed the product placement (although it certainly didn't hurt). Rooney's sound comprises a healthy chemistry of power pop influences that pull from a balanced diet of the old (Electric Light Orchestra, the Beach Boys) and the new (Blur, Superdrag) to create infectious melodies dressed up in twangy Fender guitars, retro Moog licks and waves of West Coast soul. Rooney are often mentioned in the same breath as the band Phantom Planet: Rooney's singer/guitarist Robert Carmine is the younger brother of actor Jason Schwartzman, who played Max Fischer in the Wes Anderson film Rushmore and who used to play drums in Phantom Planet, which provided the theme song to The OC. See how incredibly incestuous Hollywood can be?
Rooney Concert Films
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 53 minThis five piece rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1999 and after playing the Sunset Strip clubs and self producing EPs for a couple of years, they made their self titled major label debut and hit the road.Travelling all over the U.S., the U.K. and even made it as far as Japan. They toured with Weezer, The Strokes, Sloan, The Sounds, The Donnas, Travis, Keane and many others.
This Soundstage Special is one not to miss.
Rooney Top Tracks
I'm With You
Runtime: 44 minThe concert documentary "I'm With You" follows the band Grouplove as they play a series of shows in NYC around the release of their new album. Weaving live music with documentary scenes, the film traces the history of the band and explores the unique interpersonal dynamics that make the group so special.
Live at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel
Ra Ra Riot
Runtime: 29 minEarlier this year, when Ra Ra Riot unleashed their third full-length record, Beta Love, we must admit that we were somewhat apprehensive about their sudden synth pop indulgence. To make such a polarized transition away from their intimate orchestral tunes was surely a shock that many longtime fans were forced to gradually grasp. But we, as have Ra Ra Riot's faithful, have come to appreciate this new, effervescent feel, and all it required was a live Beta Love experience.
We caught Ra Ra Riot's brilliant spectacle down in Austin, Texas during Conflict of Interest's night at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel, and Beta Love skeptics beware, as our video of their entire performance can (and will) make a fan out of the most cynical synth adversary.
Live At House Of Blues Anaheim 2008
Runtime: 1 hr 5 minThe Bravery were an American dance-rock band formed in New York City in 2003 that consisted of lead vocalist Sam Endicott, guitarist Michael Zakarin, keyboardist John Conway, bassist Mike Hindert and drummer Anthony Burulcich. Their music is a synthesis of 1980s-influenced genres such as post-punk revival, dance-rock, and new wave. This live concert experience at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, California includes memorable performances of “This is not the end,” “Time Won't Let Me Go,” “Swollen Summer,” and many more.