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Wednesday To-Do: Rooney

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ROONEY
8:30 p.m., Juanita's. $12 adv., $15 d.o.s.

Unabashedly derivative, hugely poppy and ooh-so dreamy, Rooney returns to Little Rock for the second time this year. Here's betting that the audience looks quite a bit different. The L.A. quintet's February show found them opening for tween sensations the Jonas Brothers. Despite an earlier tour with Kelly Clarkson and pretty transparent aspirations to break into mainstream pop radio, Rooney's likely to draw more young indie-rockers than anyone else on Wednesday. Led by Robert Schwartzman (brother of Jason, son of Talia Shire, nephew of Nic Cage, et al), the band draws influences from sunny California throwbacks like the Beach Boys and British revivalists like ELO and Superdrag. Currently on the Calling the World Tour, in support of 2007's album of the same name, the group has said that at this tour's conclusion, they'll go into the studio to record a new album. Maybe we'll get sneak peeks. Brooklyn's Locksley, who mine similar Brit-pop territory, opens, with High Places.

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