Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Venture on a brain safari with a band of mischievous musical miscreants. Rubblebucket levitate the Pearl Street Ballroom Thursday, May 3rd at 8PM with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and Ryan Power

"If, as a listener, you are not afraid to venture on a brain safari with a band of musical miscreants, Rubblebucket is your band. Trying to pin down what Rubblebucket does is a little like trying to capture an exploding firework with a butterfly net. The band is an octet, and its members are all musical virtuosos. Its style is a musical melting pot of ideas. I would say it is the musical equivalent of the African Sweet Potato Peanut Stew my wife and I made together last autumn - odd, exotic, and remarkable. There is a tribal undercurrent, calling to mind Afrobeat, or even Paul Simon's Graceland. There is a steady onslaught of brass, and to great effect. All of these elements are couched in an indie-dance aesthetic that will tantalize the musical taste buds of fans of Björk, Animal Collective, Stereolab, and even `80s acts like Madness and Dexy's Midnight Runners. In a nutshell, Rubblebucket is a dance-floor delight." - Chad Thomas Johnston/ comment

This spring the rapturous, octet, Rubblebucket are releasing their first live CD/DVD in conjunction with a U.S. tour. Live in Chicago features hits from the band's 2011 Omega La La, which was produced by Eric Broucek (LCD Soundsystem, !!!, Holy Ghost) at DFA Studios, and mastered by Joe Lambert (Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, etc.). However, veteran fans will not be disappointed as Live in Chicago also includes old favorites such as: "Bikes", "November", and "Philips Van" from Rubblebucket's self titled debut.

Of Rubblebucket's recent sold-out Bowery Ballroom gig in NYC, CMJ writes, "Unprovoked chants of “RUB-BLE-BUC-KET!” and “Let’s get weird!” rebounded about the empty Ballroom stage. Things would get weird. They’d also get loud, sweaty, ebullient and adorable, in that order."

“Joyous jungles of worldly pop-funk, instrumentally rich but catchy enough to ass-kick Katy Perry off the pop charts (in a just world)—mega-melodic without sacrificing an ounce of atmosphere or creativity.”

CBS The Street Date
"Very few bands of the hipster generation care to challenge the confines of a song structure as vigorously and successfully as Rubblebucket does throughout Omega La La."

LA Music Blog
“They sound like hippies who have taken over a city, hog-tied any uptight citizens, and painted all the yucky grey/brown buildings in acrylic colors and neon war paint.”

SF Weekly
“What it sounds like when eight different freak flags fly in perfect unison.”
From New York City to Jamaica; throughout North America - Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is bringing heavy vibration to well pleased rooms. Giant Panda's explosive live shows and impeccable musicianship are forces to be reckoned with. With their relentless reggae sound they've shared the stage with greats such Toots and the Maytals and the Wailers.

Ryan Power is a pop songwriter from Minnesota living and creating in Burlington, Vermont these days. Ryan  has been crafting musical gems for quite some time, and his fourth album, “I Don’t Want To Die”, is a beautiful exploration of unique sonic care and craft. Recorded in a barn apartment in Shelburne, VT and originally self released in 2010. NNA Tapes released it on vinyl on April 3rd, 2012.

Tickets at Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413/586-8686 and online at

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