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See Rooney This Friday

December 9th, 2009


The L.A. pop-rock five-piece Rooney got started about a decade ago. Before ever releasing an album, they received plum spots opening for Weezer and the Strokes, in 2002. After more tours—with the Donnas and OK Go and then Pete Yorn and Grandaddy—Rooney’s self-titled debut disc finally came out in May of 2003. And, suddenly, the band that had previously been known for singer Robert Schwartzman’s famous lineage, was getting recognized for their fine music. They garnered even more attention when they performed on The O.C. in early 2004. A second album, Calling the World, followed the next year. And now Rooney is back with a new EP, Wild One. (Stream it here.) The album is only available for purchase at their shows, which works out well because they play Webster Hall on Friday.

(Check out Rooney, above, covering CCR’s “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” and the Band’s “The Weight” in a hotel room.)