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Background information
OriginBrooklyn, NY, United States
GenresIndie pop, neo-psychedelia, art-pop, alternative dance
Years active2007–present
LabelsGrand Jury Music, Communion
Associated actsKalbells, Tōth, Alexander F
MembersAnnakalmia Traver
Alex Toth
Past membersAdam Dotson
Ian Hersey
David Cole
Craig Myers

Rubblebucket is an American art-pop and indie-rock band from Brooklyn, NY. The primary members are musical couple (now separated) Annakalmia Traver and Alex Toth.


Musical couple Alex Toth (trumpet, band leader) and Kalmia Traver (vocals, saxophone) first met at the University of Vermont where they were both enrolled as music majors. Upon graduating in 2006, they began touring the United States as members of different projects. The band began performing primarily in the Northeast, in major cities and college towns, earning a reputation for their raucous energy.

Toth had been developing a dance band that merges psychedelic indie rock, upbeat dance, and left field arrangements. In June 2007, the pair met percussionist Craig Myers; the improvised music they made at a party was arranged and elaborated on to become the first contribution to the band's repertoire.[1]


In March 2008, Rubblebucket self-released their debut album, Rose's Dream, under the name Rubblebucket Orchestra and began to tour full-time. They were chosen by Spin magazine as a "Must-hear artist from the 2009 CMJs".[2] On October 13, they released their self-titled second studio album, and officially changed their name to Rubblebucket. In December, they won a Boston Music Award for Live Act of the Year.[3]

In 2010, Rubblebucket appeared at festivals such as High Sierra, All Good Music Festival, and the Liberate Music and Dance Festival. On October 19, 2010, they released their Triangular Daisies EP; it included a cover of the Beatles' "Michelle", which Paste magazine named on their list of 50 Greatest Beatles Covers of All Time.[4]

In Spring 2011 Rubblebucket released their third full-length album, Omega La La. It was recorded at DFA studios and produced by Eric Broucek and mastered by Joe Lambert.[5] On April 4, 2011, the band released it as a free download before its physical release on June 21 through MRI Distribution. Promotional performances for the album included an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2012.[6] The band also performed at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival for the 1st time where they “revved up like an indie-rock Miami Sound Machine” (Rolling Stone)[7], including multiple sets throughout the weekend

In 2013, Rubblebucket collaborated with Questlove, Tune-Yards singer Merrill Garbus, Angelique Kidjo and poet Akua Naru to create a new compilation album for Fela Kuti's Lady. In 2014, Rubblebucket served as Arcade Fire's "The Reflektors" at the Glastonbury Festival. Customary to most Arcade Fire shows of the time, "The Reflektors" wore massive papier-mâché heads as a fake-out to fans.

Also in 2014, Rubblebucket recorded with John Congleton and signed with Communion Records to release Survival Sounds. Paste said about the record, "Survival Sounds should be a victory lap."[8] The album's reception was positive, gaining the support of many online publications and radio stations, such as NPR's Tiny Desk.[9] "Came Out of a Lady" was featured in feature film Drinking Buddies. While on tour, singer Annakalmia Traver was diagnosed with first stage, clear-cell ovarian cancer, and underwent and completed treatment while on tour.

Rubblebucket embarked on a Spring tour that began in March 2015 across the United States, with support from Vacationer. Also in 2015, Rubblebucket performed at the BAM Opera House Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell in New York City along with other acts including Cults, Dev Hynes, and Arcade Fire.

On October 8, 2016, Rubblebucket supported Brooklyn multi-genre band Lake Street Dive for a series of tour dates across the US, including a performance at Radio City Music Hall.

In 2017, the band released the If U C My Enemies EP and performed on WXPN's World Cafe Live.

In May 2018, Rubblebucket signed to Grand Jury Music and released their fourth full-length album Sun Machine, which saw the band’s largest radio reception to date, including full rotation on SiriusXMU and commercial radio across the US. The band announced a Fall and Winter tour headlining bigger rooms and theaters, including Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY. With the release of Sun Machine was a public acknowledgement that Travers and Toth were continuing a musical partnership although no longer a couple. Paste Magazine noted that Sun Machine is a break up album that is impressively both fun and danceable.[10]

Rubblebucket’s music has been used in several major sync placements, including a Nintendo Switch ad campaign (that first aired during the 2016 Super Bowl), Chanel worldwide campaign & Google Women Techmakers spot.

Band members[edit]

  • Annakalmia Traver – lead vocals, tenor and baritone saxophones, flute
  • Alex Toth – trumpet, backing vocals, flute, percussion, bandleader

Current touring members[edit]

  • Adam Dotson – trumpet, backing vocals, flutero
  • Ryan Dugre – guitar
  • Noga Shefi – bass
  • Jeremy Gustin – drums
  • Sean Smith - trumpet

Past members[edit]

  • Adam Dotson – trombone, backing vocals, flute, keyboards
  • Ian Hersey – guitar, backing vocals
  • David Cole – drums
  • Craig Myers - n'goni, percussion


  • Rose's Dream (2008)
  • Rubblebucket (2009)
  • Triangular Daisies (EP, 2010)
  • Omega La La (2011)
  • Oversaturated (EP, 2012)
  • Save Charlie (EP, 2013)
  • Survival Sounds (2014)
  • Carousel Ride (EP, 2014)
  • If U C My Enemies (EP, 2017)
  • Sun Machine (2018)


  1. ^ "Interview with The Rubblebucket Orchestra's Kalmia Traver". Deli magazine. 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-06-11. The completely awesome Rubblebucket Orchestra will be playing Metronome Friday the 13th at 9pm. It will be Rubblebucket’s last Burlington show before they head into the studio to record the follow-up to their first record, 'Rose's Dream.'
  2. ^ Kiser, Matt (2009-10-23). "25 Must-Hear Artists from the CMJ Festival". Spin Magazine. Archived from the original on 2011-06-17. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
  3. ^ "And the winners are..." Boston Music Awards. 2009-12-02. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
  4. ^ Jackson, Josh (2010-11-18). "50 Greatest Beatles Covers of All Time". Paste Magazine. Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2019-05-26. The eight-piece Brooklyn band led by vocalist/saxophonist Kalmia Traver and trumpet player Alex Toth just released this version a week ago, but with a frenetic bass line and well-placed handclaps, they make it their own.
  5. ^ Tracy, Audra. "Young As Clouds: An Interview with Kalmia Traver of Rubblebucket". The Waster. Archived from the original on 2014-10-14. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
  6. ^ "Rubblebucket 'Silly Fathers' and 'Came Out of a Lady'". Relix. 19 July 2012. Archived from the original on 13 October 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  7. ^ Gold, Adam. "Alabama Shakes Lead the Charge at Bonnaroo". Rolling Stone magazine. Archived from the original on 2018-09-28.
  8. ^ Reed, Ryan (August 26, 2014). "Rubblebucket: Survival Sounds Review". Paste magazine. Archived from the original on 2015-02-11. Retrieved 2015-02-11.
  9. ^ Boilen, Bob (2015-01-20). "Tiny Desk: Rubblebucket". Archived from the original on 2017-12-23. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  10. ^ Manno, Lizzie (2018-08-23). "Rubblebucket Talk Through Their Joyous New Breakup Album, Sun Machine". Paste Magazine. Archived from the original on 2019-05-26.

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