Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Free Ticket Tuesdays--Our First Winners of 2011...

Anna G and Bob F each won 2 tickets to see Rubblebucket , this Saturday 1/15/11 at The Double Door in Chicago!   Your names will be added to the guest list at the door.   Please e-mail zbluesun@gmail.com to confirm.

We can't wait to check these guys out and we'll have a full review and photos up after the show.   Rubblebucket will join a host of Chicago locals at the Double Door to preview some of the new tracks that they'll be laying down with DFA Records (LCD Soundsystem, Holy Ghost!, Hot Chip) this Spring.

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 un-predictable, 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.”

One of the "25 Must-Hear Artists from the CMJ Festival" 2009! -Spin Magazine 

The band delivered a raw, unfettered punch...The crowd was thrashing around—it was nearly impossible to stand still." 
- Relix Magazine (live show review)

One of the most exciting groups to come out of Boston in recent memory...a genre-mashing maelstrom of hot-blooded West African funk rhythms and scorching soul melodies unlike anything that’s come before it.
 - Dan Bolles, Seven Days

Rubblebucket Orchestra is not your Mamma’s foot-tapping funk band. These guys are a flat-out “move everything” kind of groove. - Ryan’s Smashing Life

Their youthful exuberance is matched with skill, and they remind you, or inform you, that it’s all right to let your guard down and leave your snarky baggage at the door. Listening to Rubblebucket is a moment in time when you feel like everything is going to work out. You feel that spirit. - Mike McKinley, State of Mind

Tickets are still available:

Saturday, January 15, 2011
Double Door
1572 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (United States) - 
Set: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $15 Buy Now 

They Are The Imitators Present:


Aetiology, The Town Monster, The High Dials

Sat, January 15, 2011

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Double Door

$15.00 - $25.00

And if you didn't win, don't say nothing in life is free:
Free Download - Michelle (Beatles cover)
It is the second track off of Triangular Daisies EP and it is our take on the Beatles song "Michelle", produced by Nitemoves (Rory O'Connor). And you can have it for free if/when you like Rubblebucket on Facebook.... CLICK HERE


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