I had the pleasure of a guest list spot at Rooney's show in Hoboken at Maxwell's, their first Jersey appearance in three years. Friendly, energetic, and interactive, they played a variety of new and old material and engaged the over-sold out crowd in their Beach Boys-with-a-twist style singalongs. I strongly encourage you all to get their new album when it drops next month, because everything they played from it was just as good, if not better, than their self-titled debut. I loved their set so much that I spent the entire length of it recording it on my friend's voicemail for us to relive later on.
Another fun part of the evening was the sole opening act, The Rewinds, who were just as catchy and fun and infectious as their headliners. Discovered and handpicked by Rooney through the ubiquitous MySpace, the Birmingham, Alabama natives will probably be headliners soon, if not for their killer songs, then for their neat merch--they have ribcage shirts (similar to Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap, who is one of my heroes) and--get this--a Rewinds gumball machine. It's clear that they're going places, and hopefully one of those places is a return to Jersey. We like them here.
*By Jess, who feels like she's hogging this blog space and got a killer haircut at the Hoboken Beauty Parlour this weekend.