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?
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 at Metro Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 5 minThe Bravery is an American rock band from New York City that consists of Sam Endicott, John Conway, Anthony Burulcich, Michael Zakarin, and Mike Hindert. Their music is a synthesis of indie rock and electronica. Their music has reached the top ten in the United States and the top five in the United Kingdom. Forming in 2003 The Bravery quickly garnered local interest through their energetic live shows, before exploding worldwide with the release of their self-produced eponymous debut album of unabashedly rapturous new wave pop trash - featuring "An Honest Mistake" as well as "Unconditional" and "Fearless".