Trumpeter Alex Toth and singer/saxophonist Kalmia Traver started making music together while studying at the University of Vermont, but the duo's widescreen vision didn't take full form until Brooklyn became home, and Rubblebucket became much more than a day gig.
The outfit – now including trombone player Adam Dotson, keyboardist Darby Wolf, percussionist Craig Myers, guitarist Ian Hersey, drummer Dave Cole and bassist Jordan Brooks – has been defying easy categorization ever since the release of its breakthrough effort, "Omega La La." That collection daringly pushed indie-rock into bed with African polyrythms, big, bold brass and R&B/funk grooves galore.
A new EP, "Oversaturated," and widely lauded appearances at key summer 2012 festivals has pushed Rubblebucket into the "about to explode in a major way" spotlight. Which makes the band's appearance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday with Reptar and Stepdad in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls) a special treat. Tickets are $16 advance, $18 on the day of the show (www.rapidstheatre.com).