Smash Magazine Presents: Rooney at Hard Rock Café Nov. 20

You can go ahead and call Rooney’s new album, Eureka, their declaration of independence. After several years trudging under the weight of a major label deal that never quite fit them right, the Los Angeles band is making a bold, fresh start: Rooney recorded and produced Eureka themselves, and released the album in June of this year on their own new label, California Dreamin’ Records through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group. The 12-track Eureka is their most mature, nuanced collection yet, and still retains their classic buoyancy and catchiness.

Event Info:
Tickets are $12 in ADV/$15 DOS plus any service charges
Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-745-3000
Show is all ages, bar 21+ with valid ID
Hard Rock Café is located at 3771 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Eleven years after they started the band as teenaged friends with a shared love of the Beatles, Cheap Trick and ELO, lead singer and guitarist Robert Schwartzman, keyboard player / vocalist Louie Stephens, guitarist / vocalist Taylor Locke, and drummer / vocalist Ned Brower have grown into a modern power-pop band in a class of their own. Over the years, they’ve toured with everyone from Weezer and The Strokes, winning new fans among all those audiences. “I don’t think there are any modern bands that we have much in common with,” says Locke.

Though Eureka is, in many ways, a rebirth for Rooney, the independent spirit behind it is nothing new for the band, which began in 1999, when its members were still in high school. During their early years, the band self-produced and promoted a series of EPs and built themselves a massive hometown fan base by gigging as often as they could in local LA clubs. Their self-titled debut album, released in May 2003, maintained a solid presence on Billboard’s New Artists chart for several months, and then shot up in 2004 following a performance on teen dramedy “The O.C.,” known for its taste-making assortment of music from critically acclaimed new bands who had yet to make it mainstream. Slowly and steadily over the course of two years, Rooney’s debut disc amassed sales of nearly 500,000 copies.

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