10 Things You Need to Know About Rooney:
1) Rooney is: Ned Brower — Drums, backing vocals; Taylor Locke — Guitars, backing vocals; Robert Schwartzman — Vocals, Guitar; Louie Stevens — Keyboards; Matthew Winter — Bass.
2) Rooney hails from Los Angeles and cites influences from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Big Star, The Raspberries, Queen, E.L.O., Cheap Trick, The Cars, Jellyfish and Weezer.
3) Lead singer Robert Schwartzman wrote all of the songs on "Calling the World" after searching for a sound that would at once rock and "also make people dance."
4) The first single from "Calling the World" is "When Did Your Heart Go Missing?" - an effervescent head-bobber with an infectious chorus. The colorful video was shot in various locations in Los Angeles by noted director Benny Boom (50 Cent, Missy Elliot) and depicts a day in the California life of Rooney, complete with afternoon wake-up, beach bar-b-q house party, classic car Hollywood cruise and late-night Silver Lake club romp.
5) Other songs from the album include the mini-rock opera “I Should Have Been After You,” “Believe In Me,” a driving synth-propelled call for a leap of faith, “What For” a breezy and melodic slice of friendly advice, and “Help Me Find My Way,” a poignant ode to Robert’s late father.
6) Producer John Fields (Andrew W.K., Switchfoot) recorded “Calling The World” with Rooney in Los Angeles by harnessing the band’s expert musicianship via live takes and extemporaneous improvisations, at times even using a laptop to capture the urgency of the moment.
7) "Rooney" sold 400,000 copies of their debut album and toured extensively across the United States and Europe.
8) The members of Rooney recently hosted a Monday-night residency at Los Angeles' renowned Roxy nightclub during the entire month of April 2007 so they could play their new "Calling the World" material for their loyal, hometown fans first. They were joined on stage by friends to perform covers, including Phantom Planet, The Donnas, The Chapin Sisters, Ben Lee, Susana Hoffs (who performed Walk Like An Egyptian with the band), and Cherrytree Records label mates The Feeling.
9) Rooney released their eponymous, debut album in 2002 when the median age of the band was 19.
10) Rooney plays DFest Saturday night at 8:15 on the Poseidon Stage.
Hip hop used to be feeling, not form — a boom-bap rush that could, and would, be interpreted and articulated differently by it's various creators. It was this loose constitution, open to infinite amendments, that bred the broad crop of creative, innovative rap in late 1980s and early 90s.
When the financial stakes ares high, that which makes dollars makes sense, and consequently a more polished and rigid vision of hip hop emerged in the mid-90s, and it catapulted the genre to new heights.
Hip hop continued to progress into the new millennium and brought even newer formulas that bridge the gap between all musical genres, reaching wider audiences and combining styles in order to grow, adapt, stay alive and thrive. Consider The Knux.
"It's funny," says Al Millio, the younger Knux brother (yes, they're blood kin separated by 2 years), "Because people make such a big deal about the fact that we produce and play our own music, and that it sounds 'different' or whatever, but to us that's more hip hop than making lame shit that sounds like everybody else." For those of you who like to put things in boxes, it's like this: The Knux are a self-produced group comprised of two brothers from New Orleans. They play all their own instruments and fight like The Kinks.
Somewhere between Outkast, Juvenile, Tha Pharcyde, and The Strokes you’ll find The Knux on Saturday at 6 p.m. on The Triton Stage.