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 the Music Hall of Williamsburg
Ra Ra Riot
Runtime: 60 minRa Ra Riot are on an alluring career trajectory. The band has gone from small-town favorites to big stage stars, and their recent swing through our city for four nights at both The Bowery Ballroom and The Music Hall of Williamsburg seemed the perfect time to capture their ascent.
Starting off as contemporaries to bands like Vampire Weekend, Ra Ra Riot has been something of a slow burner, choosing to develop and nurture a sound rather than cashing in on one, quick aesthetic. Following the release of their polished, Chris Walla produced sophomore album The Orchard, the band now find themselves at a point of promise. The intricacies of their arrangements rival many of the so-called art-rockers, with heaps more accessibility. While The Orchard dropped hooks for heady, reverberated decorations, the ornate finish provides a complimentary side to a band still building its foundation.
Live at the Mt. Baker Theatre
Death Cab For Cutie
Runtime: 1 hr 33 minOn April 22 and 23, 2009, Death Cab for Cutie returned to Bellingham, WA, where they had formed over 10 years prior to perform two sold out concerts at the historic Mt. Baker Theatre. This film features previously unreleased performances from these two very special nights as well as interviews with band members about the band's early days in Bellingham.
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.