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Rubblebucket – “Fruity”

By Will Oliver, May 30th 2018

Rubblebucket will return on August 24 with new album Sun Machine, which will be released via Grand Jury Music. The album captures some heavy themes within the band’s makeup, documenting the pain of the former romance between founding members Kalmia Traver and Alex Toth and their eventual reconciliation as they kept on writing and recording together.

The album announcement came accompanied by the vibrant lead single “Fruity,” a colorful track from the band that certainly has their trademark uplifting sound and spirit, even with some more serious underlying themes at play. It carries over a lot of the bands previous DNA sound but is a mature step forward for them in many ways.

Find the music video for “Fruity” (which was directed by Julia Barrett-Mitchell and Rubblebucket) posted below.
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With the release of their new album Survival Sounds this week, Rubblebucket have been hard at work supporting it, playing two sold out shows in row at Mercury Lounge + Rough Trade (see my photos/recap of Tuesday’s show at Mercury Lounge here) on Tuesday/Wednesday respectively. Tonight the celebration continued with a intimate performance/listening party on the roof of the Relix/DoNYC building during the early evening.

With Manhattan skyscrapers and an emerging sunset as the backdrop, the group played stripped down versions of tracks off Survival Sounds, as well as the always crowd-pleasing “Came Out Of A Lady.” It was a short but sweet set that served as a perfect finish to their New York run.

Find more photos of the performance posted below.
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Rubblebucket at Mercury Lounge (August 26, 2014)

By Will Oliver, August 27th 2014 — with 1 comment


It’s been a long road to the release of Rubblebucket’s new album Survival Sounds. The title has meaning for vocalist Annakalmia Traver, who defeated ovarian cancer last year. The album clearly has significant meaning for Traver and her bandmates, but they still maintain the genre-mashing sound that has built them a very loyal following over the past few years. Last night the group played a very sold out Mercury Lounge in celebration of the album, and what a party it was.
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Rubblebucket @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (November 21, 2013)

By Will Oliver, November 24th 2013 — with 1 comment


It’s been a long time since I was first introduced to Rubblebucket in the hot heat of Bonnaroo 2012. They’ve come a long way since then, packing in Music Hall of Williamsburg with ease on Thursday night, with fans eager to see the band. For good reason, their live show is full of pure energy that is distinctively them.

Their use of horns bring out different elements that only add to their exciting dance-funk sound. Frontwoman Kalmia Traver, who has been battling ovarian cancer, looked and sounded better than ever. Her energy was enough to get lost in, between all the glorious sounds being produced by the band, which barely fit all on one stage.

The clear highlight of the night was “Came Out Of A Lady”, the triumphant single which first got me into these guys. It was performed with just pure unaltered enthusiasm by the band and the reception from the crowd was just as glorious. It’s a song that deserves to be listened to live, where it just takes you over. Between this song and their encore, it sent members of the band both crowd-surfing and playing in the crowd.

Based upon what I saw on Thursday night, Rubblebucket are on the brink of breaking out in a real big way. They’ve already got a very dedicated fan base, and give them another year or so, I can see these guys capturing even larger stages such as Terminal 5.

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Rubblebucket will make their return to New York tomorrow night (11/21) with a performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg. This show is a special one for the band and their fans as it’s singer Kalmia Traver’s return to New York since her treatment for ovarian cancer.

You don’t want to miss the show. The band have been on my radar ever since I caught them at Bonnaroo two summers ago, and they completely caught me off guard and blew me away with their rapturous live energy and passion. Just hearing “Came Out Of A Lady” live is enough to get me excited about the prospect of seeing these guys. It’s been too long, and I cannot wait.

If you’re in town tomorrow night, I recommend coming out and seeing what these guys can do. Tickets are still on sale, at a reasonable price of $15 ($17 the day of show). The fun starts at 9 p.m. (doors @ 8).

Here’s “Came Out Of A Lady” for those of you not in the know.

[new]: Rubblebucket – Oooh Wa

By Will Oliver, September 5th 2012 — with 2 comments

Rubblebucket are back with a great song called “Oooh Wa” that’s on their new EP, Oversaturated (due out next week). Last month they released the EP’s lead single “(Focus) “Oversaturated”.

“Oooh Wa” is another winner from the band, keeping their dance elements slightly contained, bending and crafting them to allow psych elements to tag along.

It sounds both gorgeous, and fun. Two things that probably are easier said than done.

Listen below via Paste.

Rubblebucket @ Bonnaroo (June 8, 2012)

By Will Oliver, June 13th 2012 — with 4 comments

Literally just caught Rubblebucket’s last song of their set, and it was perfect timing because I caught them performing “Came Out Of A Lady”, a highly infectious song, that is a ton of fun live. My friends were pushing to see them and I am glad we caught them, even if it was only one song, it was a enough for me to see what their live shows can be like.

Gonna try and catch them next time they stop in New York.

Here’s “Came Out Of A Lady”:
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Kalbells – “Alonetime”

By Will Oliver, December 6th 2017

You may best know Kalmia Traver as the lead singer and saxophonist of Rubblebucket. But she has also started a solo project under the name Kalbells, which offers some personal self-medicated songs born out of some strenuous life hurdles such as beating cancer. She emerged with new songs that she put through under this project. This July saw her released her debut solo album Ten Flowers (via NNA Tapes) – we also saw her perform at Knitting Factory this spring.

Below you can listen to the lovely album offering “Alonetime” below which certainly has that signature touch that fans of Rubblebucket have come to love, but it’s definitely something a little more personal, with some slight Dirty Projectors felt as well.

You can find a stream of “Alonetime” posted below and stream the full album over at bandcamp.

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