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Called an "indie-rock Miami Sound Machine" by Rolling Stone, Rubblebucket is a New York-based band with a sound that's all their own. Their members include multi-instrumentalists Kalmia Traver (vocals, saxophone, flute), Alex Toth (vocals vocalist, percussion, flute), Adam Dotson (vocals, flute, keyboards, trombone) and Ian Hersey (vocals, guitar).
Kalmia Traver and Alex Toth met in 2006 in Burlington, Vt., where both were music majors. They joined forces with Dotson in Boston, and together they began composing what would be some of Rubblebucket's first songs. Their debut album, Rose's Dream, was released in 2008 under the name Rubblebucket Orchestra, and accompanied by an extensive national tour. A year later the band dropped the Orchestra from their name and issued their self-titled follow-up. Their fourth album, Survival Sounds, arrived in 2014, introducing their distinctive mix of indie-pop, dance music, reggae fusion and psychedelia to a wider audience.
Rubblebucket have performed at numerous music festivals, including High Sierra and Liberate, and served as back-up for Arcade Fire at Glastonbury. The band also played on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2012, and took to the stage with Lake Street Dive at Radio City Music Hall in 2016.
Rubblebucket's biggest hits
Rubblebucket fan favorites include "Down in the Yards" and "Silly Fathers" from 2011's Omega La La, and "Carousel Ride" and "On the Ground" from Survival Sounds.
The band's rendition of the Fab Four's "Michelle" made Paste magazine's list of the "50 Greatest Beatles Covers of All Time." Rubblebucket's music has also featured in various films, including "Came out of a Lady," which was used in the indie movie, Drinking Buddies.
Rubblebucket's media acclaim
Rubblebucket's unique sound and live experience have been described by various media outlets in numerous glowing ways. Rolling Stone, reporting from Bonnaroo, said, "Rubblebucket revved up like an indie-rock Miami Sound Machine, dancers, horns and all," while SPIN hailed the group as a "must-hear artist."
After the release of Omega La La, SF Weekly described Rubblebucket as "what it sounds like when eight different freak flags fly in perfect unison."
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