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Preview: Rubblebucket


Rubblebucket By Alexa Squire

Rubblebucket is one of those bands that is nearly impossible to categorize. Led by trumpeter Alex Toth and saxophonist Kalmia Traver, Rubblebucket is an eight-piece band that plays an upbeat mixture of Afro-Cuban jazz, psychedelic indie rock, and bouncy dance music. Their most recent release, the Triangular Daisies EP, features six songs ranging from a Beatles cover to the single title track, which is a fantastic mess of smooth jazz, dub, and bright pop. They are best known for their crazy communal performances. Often there are as many as ten people on stage, Alex usually jumps into the crowd to play, and it’s nearly impossible to keep from dancing.

Birds & Batteries is a San Francisco band that unites alt-country acoustic elements with electronic indie rock to create a unique, dynamic sound. Fresh off of SXSW, the band’s live show promises to be heartfelt and infectious. Their Daytrotter session last fall was a good one, check it out here.

The Wandering Bears are a favorite local Iowa City group made up of members from The Vagabonds and The Western Front. They could be described as electro-folk-rock, but mainly they just make you want to jam.

KRUI’s 27th Birthday Bash: Rubblebucket, Birds & Batteries, The Wandering Bears
Monday, March 28th
Gabe’s | Doors at 7 | $10 advance, $12 doors | 19+

For Your Consumption

Rubblebucket – Came Out of a Lady

Rubblebucket – Triangular Daisies

Birds & Batteries – Strange Kind of Mirror

Birds & Batteries – We Are An Industry

The Wandering Bears at Mission Creek 2010

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