WXPN & Communion Records Present
Rubblebucket, Prowler, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Willy Mason, Birdie Busch
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Led by the musical couple of front woman Kalmia Traver and bandleader/trumpeter Alex Toth, Rubblebucket has spent the last four years building a reputation as a band that blurs the lines between psychedelic indie rock, upbeat dance, and radiant, left-field arrangements. The Brooklyn, NY by way of Boston and Vermont band has evolved into something that is “utterly post-genre—horns, synth, guitars, harmonies—a smile-inducing point on the tangent that connects Björk and Broken Social Scene”, which is to say that you never know what you’ll see or hear next.
2012 has been a banner year for Rubblebucket, seeing the outfit grace the stages of Bonnaroo (with a surprise guest appearance with Foster the People) among countless other festivals, collaborate with heroes tUnE-yArDs and ?love for a Fela Kuti compilation, bring their raucous live show, along with giant robot puppets and love-tunnels, to larger and larger crowds across the US and receive love and affection from Paste, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Wall Street Journal, Daytrotter and so many more. Now, on July 18th, the band will make their debut late night TV appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The band will release a new EP in September 11, 2012, recorded at Bear Creek Studios in Seattle, WA (home to Fleet Foxes’ two gorgeous albums) with producer Ryan Hadlock (Ra Ra Riot, The Gossip, Blonde Redhead). This EP takes Brooklyn’s freshest octet to a new level; between Kalmia Traver’s unmistakable voice and the band’s hip shaking, off-kilter arrangements, this EP highlights everything that makes Rubblebucket so special.
The band’s 2011 album Omega La La marked a milestone for Rubblebucket. Recorded last year at Plantain/DFA Studios with Producer Eric Broucek (LCD Soundsystem, Cut Copy, Hercules and Love Affair) at the helm, the record was their most ambitious yet, with the band dipping into everything from dancey indie-pop arrangements to Fela-Kuti inspired afro-beat stomps. The record has earned a wealth of praise, with Stereogum hailing the record’s “tricky arrangements, whistle solos, and disco guitar leads” and Paste Magazine calling the album “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.”
Colossal, spaced-out basement boogie from the land of Philadelphia.
Roadkill Ghost Choir
Roadkill Ghost Choir is an indie folk-rock band from DeLand, Florida.
Brothers Andrew (vocals, guitar), Maxx (drums) and Zach (bass) Shepard make up half the band while Kiffy Meyers (pedal steel, banjo, guitar), Joey Davoli (keys, trumpet) and Stephen Garza (lead guitar) complete the band’s sound. It wasn’t until Andrew was offered his first solo gig in 2010 that he decided to form a band to fill out the songs he recently started writing for a live setting. After the band went through several name changes in the early stages of its creation, Roadkill Ghost Choir was formed.
While the member’s major influences include Wilco, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, and Fleetwood Mac, there are also undercurrents of Radiohead and Nirvana, lending the band an impish edge with broad appeal.
In 2012 Roadkill Ghost Choir finished recording their debut E.P. , Quiet Light, with producer Dave Plakon and engineer Mark Mason at North Avenue Studio. It was mastered in Omaha, Nebraska by Doug Van Sloun (Bright Eyes, She and Him). The Quiet Light EP will be re-released on July 9th through Wolfbomb Productions.
At 24, Willy Mason already sounds like a withered man. Accompanied by a musical-saw player and members of his family on stage. Mason has recorded for the label owned by indie-rock icon Conor Oberst - Team Love. It's a perfect fit, given that his songs recall the downer jams of Neil Young and Bright Eyes. Growing up on the folk music of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, Mason writes music with hints of both, but he modernizes it with elements of '90s rock.
Coming out of what could be called a veritable renaissance that has put Philadelphia back at the top of the list of America’s music capitals, Birdie Busch joins other talented locals and partners in crime in creating a tight-knit community that seeks to make great music, inspire people, and bring
it to the world.
Critics from the Village Voice to American Songwriter have admiringly found her of kindred spirit to everyone from Syd Barrett to Eudora Welty and All Music Guide exclaimed that she is one of the “most affecting altos around”.
Her timeless approach and broad spectrum of influences has allowed her to play shows with everyone from iconics like Richard Thompson to one of her most recent stints, opening a short run for the rockin’ tour de force Dr. Dog in the spring of 2012.
Through hard work, passion of craft in the writing, playing, and recording of music year after year, and the dedication to working with some of Philly’s finest, Birdie Busch has made her best effort, entitled Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night. The album gathers together what Birdie loves best--
playing in a band with other like-minded folks where melody, rhythm, dynamics, and songwriting are all getting their time to shine.
Birdie on the recording, “These guys are all my best friends and I admire them immensely for their lifelong dedication to making music and that’s really what binds us, that unspoken acknowledgment. While most of us have recorded alot together, this was the first project that allowed us to block off a week and cut it all mostly live. Everything was happening at once, the feeding off of each others energies, the guitar licks calling and responding, the eye contact, the instantaneous reactionary arrangements.”
The recording shows growth, maturity, and risk taking. It is lush, angular, and muscular. Many moments the band achieves a true rock and roll velocity, transfiguration, and a reaching in, out, and up.
How could one not love an album that has progressive rock textures, jazz textures, instrumental interludes, psychedelic influences, and a few trippy vocal effects and stereo panning fronted by Birdie? There's lots going on in these recordings and they only seem to reveal more with each listen. Songs like “Far From the Tree” and “Part of Apart” illustrate the newfound power and depth of Birdie’s observations and admissions.
“Birdie Busch and The Greatest Night shows great maturity
for the Philly songstress. The album was funded in part by her
fans through a PledgeMusic campaign. It’s fair to say that those
folks helped fuel perhaps Birdie’s most engaging album to date
and one that should open the door to a whole new world of
fandom” - Mike Vasilikos WXPN ALBUM OF THE WEEK and WXPN ARTIST OF THE MONTH.
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