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On The Road & In the Studio



Spring has sprung, and with the warmer weather, we’ve been playing shows for some new faces! Thanks to students at Amherst College, Brandeis University and Skidmore College for showing us so much love! We’ve got even more performances ahead leading up to our big NYC show at Brooklyn Bowl on May 29th.  Check the SHOWS section for those dates!

Meanwhile, we’re in full preparation mode for our new EP.  Brand new material is in the works– stay tuned for a behind the scenes look at that process coming soon!


4|25 Showcase 61 @Stamford Arts Center Stamford, CT
5|2 AS220 w/ Clyde Lawrence Band Providence, RI
5|3 Connecticut College New London, CT
5|29 Brooklyn Bowl w/ The Main Squeeze Brooklyn, NY Tickets
5|31 Reservoir High School Fulton, MD

The Rooks are booking shows!

Inquiries should be sent to


The Rooks are a New York City based R&B/IndieSoul sextet just funky enough to make your mother nervous. The group formed at Wesleyan University, bonding over a mutual love of listening to Beyonce, playing at house parties, and performing Motown covers. They continue to do all three in excess.

Drawing on an eclectic catalogue of influences, from the melodic sensibilities of Stevie Wonder, to the staggered hip-hop backbeats of J Dilla, to the vocal intricacies of the Dirty Projectors, The Rooks dance along the line between music that makes you think, and feel-good-down-in-your-gut soul.

The Rooks have spent the past two years steadily gaining notoriety around the northeast, notably sharing the stage with the likes of Grammy-nominated MC Talib Kweli and fast-rapping phenom George Watsky. Their set of studio singles (released in the spring of 2012) earned the attention of a number of online publications, and finally provided their parents with a tangible means of bragging about their children to their co-workers.

The Rooks released their debut EP Something You Can Take in June and continue to make as much noise as they can around their new hometown of Brooklyn, NY. They would love for you to join the party, because they’re having an incredible time.

Garth “Able To Sing Higher Than You” Taylor

Celine Dion/Beyonce/Prince three-way vocal love child, group choreographer, and front man extraordinaire.

Louis “You’re That” Russo

Century-cycling, luscious locks having, graduate degree-earning, rhythm-section anchoring bass-man.

Gabe “Cardigan” Gordon

Pocket owning keys player, classy sweater master, and resident “is this edible” expert.

Nate “Moonshine” Mondschein

Authority on sarcasm, old-school-Scottie Pippen jerseys, and all “banging on things with sticks” related activities.

Spencer “More Athletic Than All Of Us” Hattendorf

Sax wailing, vocal belting aficionado, and the Rook most likely to serve as legal counsel for another member of the group.

Graham “Master of the Coin” Richman

Axe-wielding, face-melting, pop-loving guitarist, and the Rook most likely to be indicted for a white-collar crime.