w. Birds & Batteries, The Wandering Bears
Monday, March 28 – Gabe’s – $10 advance, $12 door
Splitting the difference between an afrobeat-inspired Portishead and a blissed-out Radiohead, Rubblebucket have a touch for heady atmospherics and killer beats. This is a band the Mission Creek Festival has had its eyes on for some time. Their records are immaculately arranged–voices, horns, synths, afrobeat grooves and whacked-out guitars surrounding the mix–and their live shows are energetic, almost hypnotic. “Came Out of a Lady” is a key track highlighting their ability to carve out indelible hooks. “Landing,” another signature track, exposes their addiction for head-splitting jamz built around off-kilter funk and inventive vocal patterns. There’s probably a lesson or two for that other MCF breakout artist, Tune-Yards, to take away from Rubblebucket. Without a doubt, there’s no better way to kick off your festival experience than to do it with Rubblebucket.