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Featured Artist: Rubblebucket

Rubblebucket at the Green River Festival in Greenfield, MA. Photograph by Suzy Lavrov Sarabok

It’s difficult to categorize Rubblebucket — which could be, quite honestly, one of the band’s charms. A little bit indie-pop, some reggae-inspired rock, a healthy dose of dance, and a side of horns to balance the synth make this eight-piece group classically quirky. It’s like they’re the musical equivalent of the braceface who gets the lead’s sidekick in the end of a John Hughes movie. (Cue the wide shot and grinning teens swaying in slo-mo.)

At the band’s core: Kalmia Traver (vocals, sax) and Alex Toth (trumpet), who united at the University of Vermont and toured the ‘States in 2006 as part of reggae group John Brown’s Body. The next year they met percussionist Craig Myers, and founded what was to become Rubblebucket (then dubbed Rubblebucket Orchestra).

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Within five years, the group — which is currently comprised of Adam Dotson (background vocals, trombone), Darby Wolf (keyboards), Ian Hersey (guitar, background vocals), Dave Cole (drums), and Jordan Brooks (bass) — had released five albums; were spotlighted by SPIN and Relix magazines, respectively; won a Boston Music Award (“Live Act of the Year”) in 2009; and landed on Paste Magazine‘s list of 50 Greatest Beatles Covers of All Time (for their rendition of “Michelle”). Lest we forget one of the highlights of the band’s career just last July, when they made their national TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Watch “Came Out of a Lady” from Rubblebucket’s latest EP, Oversaturated (2012):

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