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Rubblebucket at All Good, September 2010.jpg
Rubblebucket at the All Good Music Festival in 2010
Background information
Origin Brooklyn, NY, United States
Genres Indie pop, neo-psychedelia, reggae fusion, alternative dance
Years active 2007–present
Labels Communion
Associated acts John Brown's Body
Members Annakalmia Traver
Alex Toth
Adam Dotson
Ian Hersey

Rubblebucket is an American funk and jam band from Brooklyn, NY.


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 joined the reggae group John Brown's Body and began touring the United States.

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]

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."[7] The album's reception was positive, gaining the support of many online publications and radio stations, such as NPR's Tiny Desk.[8] "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 performed at Radio City Music Hall with Brooklyn multi-genre band, Lake Street Dive.

Band members[edit]

  • Annakalmia Traver – lead vocals, tenor and baritone saxophones, flute
  • Alex Toth – trumpet, backing vocals, flute, percussion, bandleader
  • Adam Dotson – trombone, backing vocals, flute, keyboards
  • Ian Hersey – guitar, backing vocals

Touring members[edit]

  • David Cole – drums
  • Daniel McDowell – bass
  • Jacob Bergson – keyboards


  • 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 Kalmia [1], Deli Magazine, 2010, accessed June 30, 2011
  2. ^ 20 Must-Hear Artists CMJ Festival [2], Spin Magazine, 2009, accessed June 30, 2011
  3. ^ Boston Music Awards [3], 2009, accessed June 30, 2011
  4. ^ 50 Greatest Beatles Covers of All Time [4], Paste Magazine, 2010, accessed June 30, 2011.
  5. ^ Rubblebucket interview on
  6. ^ "Rubblebucket 'Silly Fathers' and 'Came Out of a Lady'". Relix. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  7. ^
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