Gone is the Beach Boyishness of Rooney's past. The distinct California vibe that made the peppy pop rock band's 2002 self-titled debut so spring break-worthy got scrapped around the time "The O.C." went off the air.

Gone is the Beach Boyishness of Rooney's past. The distinct California vibe that made the peppy pop rock band's 2002 self-titled debut so spring break-worthy got scrapped around the time "The O.C." went off the air.

Since then the band has been off many music fans' radars despite continual tours. Thanks to lead singer/actor Robert Schwartzman, though, Rooney's perhaps the most well-connected band in Hollywood (with the possible exception of Michael Cera's current project, Mister Heavenly).

They've always had a flair for old-school sounds, with simple songwriting reminiscent of the 1950s and '60s. The band jumped on the '80s pop bandwagon on 2007's "Calling the World."

But with last year's "Eureka," the group forsook the cheesy synthesizers, sticking mostly to mid-tempo ditties with cheerful harmonies and piano accompaniment well-suited for Top 40 stations. Rooney's output is slightly more mature now, but it's still as catchy as always.