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
Live at 9:30 Club
Runtime: 1 hr 13 minKaiser Chiefs are a four piece from Leeds in the UK. In 2004 they exploded out of the radio with their first single "Oh My God". Here they perform at the 9:30 Club, in Washington, on March 9, 2012.
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 The Enmore Theatre
The Dandy Warhols
Runtime: 1 hr 56 minFormed in Portland, Oregon by Courtney Taylor-Taylor (vocals, guitar), Zia McCabe (keyboard), Peter Holmström (guitar), and Eric Hedford (drums). When Hedford left in 1998, Taylor-Taylor’s cousin Brent De Boer replaced him as drummer. The band’s name is a play on the name of pop artist Andy Warhol. Here they perform at The Enmore Theatre, in Sydney, Australia, on October 31st, 2008.
Live in the Canal Room
Ra Ra Riot
Runtime: 26 minRa Ra Riot. Such an appropriate name. The cheerleader-esque "Ra ra" chant evokes images of high school, all of which can be found in this youthful band. You've got your photogenic prom queens on violin and cello. Your shaggy-haired Drama Club Stud on vocals. Your lovable athletic jock on drums. Your wacky class clowns on guitar and bass. And there's the "Riot" part, which comes close to describing this six-piece's blend of controlled chaos. The songs combine distorted guitar, fat bass, keyboards, orchestrated strings, and vocals. Mix the Arcade Fire with Devo and some coverpage-worthy good looks, and you wouldn't be too far from Ra Ra Riot's enjoyable racket.
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.