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Catch Rubblebucket Tomorrow Night at Rough Trade NYC

August 26th, 2014

Musically speaking, Alex Toth (trumpet, percussion and vocals) 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, forming Rubblebucket (above, doing “My Life”) and mashing together psychedelic pop and dance music with layered rhythm and melodies and arrangements by Toth. And as their sound grew bigger, David Cole (drums), Adam Dotson (trombone, vocals and percussion) and Ian Hersey (guitar) joined the band. The Brooklyn-based dance-rock crew released their newest full-length, Survival Sounds (stream it below), today. According to Baeble Music, “Like going on an island vacation with Passion Pit and Earth, Wind & Fire, Survival Sounds demonstrates the group’s seamless blending of their reggae, electronic, and ’70s funk influences.” The five-piece celebrates the album’s arrival tonight at Mercury Lounge, which is sold out, but you can still see them tomorrow at Rough Trade NYC. And if you go, just be prepared to shake it all night.

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10 Ft. Ganja Plant Celebrate New Album Tomorrow Night

August 15th, 2014

Dub engineer Craig Welsch originally formed 10 Ft. Ganja Plant as an offshoot of the reggae group John Brown’s Body. The new band was somewhat mysterious from the very beginning—with a shifting lineup and because their albums contain no credits, so it’s difficult to know who’s played what. And while their sound has branched out from dub and reggae over the years, they’re still expertly mining that “traditional ’70s Jamaican sound,” often calling to mind Lee “Scratch” Perry. The collective (above, doing “State of Man”) has released a host of albums since 1999, including last year’s Skycatcher (stream it below). And with a brand new one, 10 Deadly Shots, Vol. III, out right now, 10 Ft. Ganja Plant celebrate its release tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom. Another roots-reggae act, Destroy Babylon, opens the show.

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This Double Bill Will Have You Dancing

November 15th, 2012

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.