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Electric Forest.... Know before you go: Rubblebucket!

With a wonderful new album, Omega La La, Rubblebucket is a must see band at Electric Forest!
Rubblebucket sounds like a kaleidoscope looks -- a continually changing pattern of ebullient drum beats, harmonies and horn exclamations, led by the buoyant vocals and saxophone of Kalmia Traver and the hyperkinetic energy of trumpet player Alex Toth. The musical couple formed Rubblebucket in 2007 after finding like-minded players at an art opening in a defunct milk bottling plant in Burlington, VT. Discontent with playing the typical accompanying roles so often assumed by horn players, the two built an eight-piece band with a vision to create pop-friendly music that embraces skill, complexity and atypical arrangements. Of their sound, Kalmia says, "We're children of this noisy age, with access to so much music from across time and space. We soak up all the sounds... what comes out can be unpredictable, but it will be uniquely ours." After two years of non-stop touring, the group now calls Brooklyn home, even if it is just for short stints. Their inherently frenetic, communal performances are equal parts aural and visual. With often as many as ten people on stage including the usual guitar, bass, drums and keys plus trombone, trumpet, euphonium, sax, percussion and more, there is never a dull moment. The couple’s counterbalancing dynamic plays a big role. Kalmia rotates between hypnotic vocals and baritone sax while Alex indefatigably bounces from harmonies to a thundering floor tom to trumpet, which he often jumps into the crowd to play. By 2009 Rubblebucket had won a Boston Music Award for Best Live Act, while SPIN declared the group a "must-hear artist from the 2009 CMJs”. Meanwhile, their studio recordings show characteristics “of what’s been called the ‘Yes’ wave: an opposition to the ’90s ‘No’ wave, mainly consisting of people who are virtuosic on their instruments and focus on harmonious creations.” –Encore Magazine On October 19, Rubblebucket continues this trend with the release of Triangular Daisies EP. The six-song set features a cover of the Beatle’s “Michelle” as well as the friendly, eponymous single, “Triangular Daisies”, written while the band took a brief time off from the road in the winter of 2010. Says Alex, “Love triangles occur on their own in nature. It’s sometimes sad, but it’s also true. Triangles are geometric and angular and pretty. We are triangular daisies. That is us: neurotic, deep feeling, love spirits filtered through trans-cosmic oblivion accumulators.” To coincide with the EP release, Rubblebucket have planned a “Triangular Tour” featuring a weekend in San Francisco, a two-night Halloween special in Burlington, and stops along the entire East Coast, from Maine to Bear Creek Music Festival in Live Oak, FL.

Check out the new video for "Silly Fathers."

And just in case you can't make it to Electric Forest, they have other tour dates posted!

06/30: Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre

07/02: Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest Festival %

07/08: Rochester, NY @ East End Festival

07/09: Schuylkill, PA @ Midsummer Meltdown

07/15: Buffalo, NY @ North Fork Music Park

07/16: Greenfield, MA @ Green River Fest

07/24: Bridgeport, CT @ Gathering of the Vibes

07/29: Floyd, VA @ Floyd Fest %%

07/30: Floyd, VA @ Floyd Fest %%

08/13: Burlington, VT @ Grand Point North

08/18: Stephentown, MA @ Bella Terra

08/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl

08/20: Sheldon, VT @ Liberate Festival

09/03: Chicago, IL @ North Coast Festival

09/04: Mohawk, NY @ Moe.Down

09/10: Peru, NY @ Backwoods Pondfest

% = w/ String Cheese, Tiƫsto, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Edward Sharpe & more

%% = w/ Grace Potter, Robert Randolph, Old Crow Medicine Show & more

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