Musically speaking, Alex Toth (trumpet) and Kalmia Traver (vocals and sax) have been together for a while. The two met as music majors at the University of Vermont and upon graduation they joined the reggae outfit John Brown’s Body. Eventually they decided to go in a different direction, more along the lines of a mash-up of psychedelic pop and dance music with layered rhythms and melodies. Craig Myers (percussion) was the first to join the effort, but now the Brooklyn-based Rubblebucket (above, doing “Breatherz”) performs with an array of instruments and as many as nine musicians.
Ryan Engelberger, William Kennedy, Andrew McFarland and Graham Ulicny formed the dance-pop quartet Reptar (below, doing “Sebastian” for KEXP FM) four years ago in Athens, Ga. And with buzz-worthy appearances at festivals like Austic City Limits and Lollapalooza, they’ve left behind a slew of sweaty, dancing bodies with their updated take on dance-worthy electronic music. Together with Rubblebucket, they make a killer double bill. Go see these bands live: on Saturday at The Bowery Ballroom (which is sold out) or on Sunday at Music Hall of Williamsburg.