There’s something elusive about Brooklyn-based quartet Rubblebucket, a kind of suspension above any specific genre that enables the group to dive into several all at once and erase the notion of compartmentalizing a band altogether.
We can still talk, of course, about the hints of Radiohead, Little Dragon, Phantogram and LCD Soundsystem wafting from the group’s indie-electronic-dance catalog, but Rubblebucket stands as something relatively unhinged even from those set of influences. And perhaps that disconnect stems from the band’s beginning as an improvised collective for what was meant to be a one-night performance at an art opening in Vermont.
On that summer night in 2007, Annakalmia Traver and Alex Toth, both former music students at the University of Vermont and then vocalists/instrumentalists for John Brown’s Body, joined percussionist Craig Meyers to riff on whatever sound surfaced. By the end, the sweat-soaked crowd wanted more dancing, more rock, and set in motion the birth of Rubblebucket.
The band has since parted with Meyers and released seven albums to wide critical praise from Paste, Spin, NPR, Relix and others.
Rubblebucket will perform Friday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with the fast-rising indie-rock troupe Vacationer. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at www.CharlestonPourHouse.StrangerTickets.com. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; show starts at 9:30 p.m. Go to www.CharlestonPourHouse.com or call 571-4343 for more information.
Tom Scholz didn’t really need to be a rock star; in fact, it was unlikely to most that he would become a musician at all, having earned a master’s from MIT in mechanical engineering and scooping up a senior design engineer position at Polaroid by the time he was 28.
But after he left the Polaroid labs, Scholz quietly locked himself away in the elaborate home recording studio of the 1970s — the mammoth boards, snake pits of cords and all — and spent his nights making a series of demo tapes that would form the basis for one of the biggest rock bands of the 1980s, Boston.
It all seemed too unreal, making Scholz more enigma than rocker, but even enigmas struggle. Scholz’s demos were initially rejected by nearly every major label throughout the early ’70s before finally catching the attention of Epic Records, who signed Scholz and his quickly assembled band and released the group’s debut in 1976.
Ignoring dismayed Epic executives, the self-titled debut was recorded in Scholz’s basement with equipment and effects the engineer-musician had designed and built himself. By the time the dust settled, “Boston” was one of the highest-selling debuts in U.S. history, ultimately reaching 17 million in U.S. sales, and the album’s singles “More Than a Feeling,” “Peace of Mind,” “Foreplay/Long Time” and “Rock and Roll Band” became soft-rock staples for generations to come.
The band’s 1978 follow-up, “Don’t Look Back,” shot to No. 1 on the Billboard charts, but legal battles with labels, lineup changes and Scholz starting a technology company slowed recording down to roughly one album every eight years.
The group released its sixth album, “Life, Love & Hope,” in 2013.
Boston will perform Saturday at the Family Circle Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Drive. Tickets range from $21.50 to $81.50 and are available online at www.Ticketmaster.com. Gates open at 6 p.m.; show starts at 7:30 p.m. Go to www.FamilyCircleTennisCenter.com/concerts for more information.
Carrying the hefty weight of a famous last name probably isn’t easy, but it does come with some perks. For Shooter Jennings, son of country legend Waylon Jennings, there were the houseguests and the witnessing of jam sessions with the likes of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Jerry Reed and Kris Kristofferson.
But there have always been comparisons, something that Jennings tried to shrug off early in his career by moving to Los Angeles and founding the rock group Stargunn, only to disband the group a few years later and return to Nashville for a career in country music.
Jennings has since released eight full-lengths, and while the reviews have been mild, Jennings has amassed a lion’s share of respect from Outlaw country fans and fellow artists for both Jennings’s adherence to classic country and his spirit for pushing country music boundaries into darker, rowdier territory, something that no doubt resides in his blood.
Shooter Jennings will perform Thursday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with his band Waymore’s Outlaws and with Southern rock and blues standouts Thomas Wynn and The Believers. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at www.CharlestonPourHouse.StrangerTickets.com. Doors open at 8 p.m.; show starts at 8:30 p.m. Go to www.CharlestonPourHouse.com or call 571-4343 for more information.