Saturday, April 20, 2024

Alex Toth and Kalmia Traver lead Rubblebucket, which brings its live show to Central Square’s The Middle East nightclub Thursday. (Photo: Rubblebucket)

Rubblebucket, winner of last year’s Boston Music Award for best live act, is bringing its live act here Thursday for a show at the Middle East Downstairs.

The usually eight-piece band (formed in Burlington, Vt., and now based in Brooklyn) is midtour for its October “Triangular Daisies” EP, which is touted as “a psychedelic indie-pop gem, complete with plaintive horns and infectious whistling.” That’s true enough — the band, led by Alex Toth on trumpet, and Kalmia Traver on lead vocals and saxophone — knows how to craft an infectious tune, and certainly the video for “Came Out of a Lady” shows a band that knows how to have fun. (Also on the six-track album: a take on The Beatles’ “Michelle” that turns Paul McCartney’s somber ballad into spacey, orchestral groove.)

After the Middle East, the band is off to New York City and back in Northampton on Saturday.

It’s no surprise the band is on tour. Its members are relentless travelers, putting some 45,000 miles on their tour van and trailer last year, and the work has paid off in some excellent reviews: “The band delivered a raw, unfettered punch,” said a Relix writer reviewing a show. “The crowd was thrashing around — it was nearly impossible to stand still.” Spin calls the band “a Bonnaroo-ready hybrid of world music influences as re-imagined by well-educated collegians.” Deli magazine said “the band is in a genre of its own, they have the vibrant soul of a funk band, magical vocals, spirit-possessing percussion and unique lyrics of poetic grade” and Blurt said the band’s eponymous second album “wakens the senses and ramps up the adrenaline. It simply kicks ass.”

The show is at 8 p.m. at The Middle East Downstairs, 472-480 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Rubblebucket plays with Pimps Of Joytime and The Rex Complex.