State Theatre Portland
Rubblebucket, Reptar

Rubblebucket

Reptar

Stepdad

Thu, November 15, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Port City Music Hall

Portland, ME

$15 advance / $17 day of show / $30 V.I.P.

This event is 18 and over

Buy tickets at www.portcitymusichall.com, by calling 888-512-SHOW and in person at the Port City Music Hall Box Office Wednesdays 11am-2pm, and one hour before doors till close for every show.

Rubblebucket
Rubblebucket
Kalmia Traver (vocals) met Alex Toth (band leader, trumpet) in a latin jazz combo in Burlington, VT. They became friends and painted the town with their loud horn playing. In 2006 they moved to Boston where they did respectable things for money. Kalmia nude modeled for art classes, and Alex was hustling marching band gigs at $50 a pop for which he was required to wear a black shirt and march around for six hours at a time. Alex met trombonist Adam Dotson at one of these marching gigs and the three began composing and playing the first songs in Rubblebucket’s repertoire. Soon, they were joined by two more friends–guitarist Ian Hersey and drummer Dave Cole–and started taking the Rubblebucket show on the road. With their 2011 album Omega La La, the band reached a new and larger audience with its headlining tracks “Came Out of Lady” and “Silly Fathers.” In 2012, Rubblebucket flew out to LA to play on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” got free pizza and Alex almost puked backstage. The band brought their raucous, anything goes live performance to bigger sold-out shows, and their 2012 and 2013 Eps 2012 and 2013 EPs Oversaturated and Save Charlie introduced fans to the next evolution of the band. More and more people fell in love.
Reptar
There are four boys who make up Reptar. They have offered twice as many (if not more) explanations for why they chose to name their band after a Rugrats character. But these days, the Athens, GA based group is sticking to this one: "I first tried to name the band Invisible Boyfriend," giggles singer-guitarist Graham Ulicny. "And everybody goes, 'that is the stupidest name I have ever heard in my life." So why Reptar? "It is the second stupidest band name we have ever heard."

Indeed, there is no pretense behind Reptar, which also includes Andrew McFarland (drums), Ryan Engelberger (Bass), and William Kennedy (analog keyboards). Still, the ability to amuse and arouse their fans is just as important to them as indulging their musical curiosities. This sonic wanderlust extends from African Music to post-punk to psych-pop and converges joyously in songs such as "Blastoff" and "Rainbounce," and it's won them high fives from NPR andNME alike.

Their aesthetic percolates even more vibrantly through their debut LP, Body Faucet, out May 1, 2012 on Vagrant Records. A set of shimmering sing-along anthems produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Washed Out), Body Faucet is propelled by jerky guitars and persistent beats. "The record feels like a big dream with different chapters," says Ryan. "Ghost Bike" captures the space between witnessing a friend's death and surviving it. In "Sebastian" (named after a saint who became a gay icon), it's experiencing, then remembering, a sexual awakening with a close friend. Lyrics and music flow in a liquid form from real places, each song oozing with a different color and substance. "We wanted to capture the thoughts we project on our surroundings and the ideas that flow in and out of us each day," says Graham. Indeed, much of the record deals with exploring and interacting with one's surroundings in new, occasionally frustrating, ways. The album builds with songs such as "New House," expressing a future of possibilities. A centerpiece of sorts, notes Andrew, "it's the most driving song on the record, and it's really empowering live."
Stepdad
Stepdad
Stepdad is an American electronic/pop band based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The group consists of ultramark, Ryan McCarthy, Alex Fives, Jeremy Malvin, and Nathan K.[1] Their sound has been described as "8-bit power pop"
Venue Information:
Port City Music Hall
504 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101