Founded in Berkeley by junior high buddies, Tommy Dunbar and Jon Rubin, The Rubinoos are one of the seminal power pop artists of the 1970s. In 1977 they hit the top 40 with a cover of Tommy Jamesâ€™ â€śI Think Weâ€™re Alone Now.â€ť In 1978 they followed it with the power pop classic â€śI Wanna Be Your Boyfriendâ€ť, which was named record of the year by Britainâ€™s Music Week Magazine. In '84 The Rubes recorded one of their most popular songs, the title cut of the film Revenge of the Nerds. Several albums, tours and decades later The Rubes can still crank out the pop gems. In 2007 the band was honored with the career spanning 3-CD anthology, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Rubinoos. In 2007 The Rubinoos dusted off their guitars and hit the road for a tour of Japan and the release of the Japan only double CD set One Two That's It. In 2009 the group returned to Spain to support the release of their album HodgePodge. 2010, The Rubinoos 40th Anniversary year, saw the group release two new albums, Automatic Toaster and the kid's CD Biff Boff Boing, tour Spain, Italy, headline the Felipop Festival in Galicia and on October 23rd celebrate their 40th Anniversay in spectacular style at the Great American Music Hall in SF. 2011: Look for The Rubinoos in Japan this February along with new recordings and more tour dates.
The Shellye Valauskas Experience
The Shellye Valauskas Experienceâ€™s Box It Up is a box of secrets, surprises and delights. By the time she formed the band, vocalist/guitarist Shellye Valauskas was an established solo performer, winning the New Haven Advocateâ€™s Grand Band Slam readersâ€™ poll and rating a slot in New Yorkâ€™s CMJ Marathon several years in a row. As her songwriting collaborator and bandmate, she enlisted ace guitarist Dean Falcone, whoâ€™s served the Connecticut music scene since the early â€™80s with Jon Brion in The Excerpts, his own Dean and the Dragsters, and a host of others. Valauskas and Falconeâ€™s shared love for the punchy pop of Crowded House, The Posies and Aimee Mann, as well as the burgeoning Americana movement, helped them nail a distinctive yet accessible radio-friendly sound from the start. Drummer Bruce Crowder quickly mastered the intricate pacings and style shifts of the songs. The bandâ€™s also been well served by a succession of team-player bassists, including Eric Lichter (who plays on the EP) Chuck Roscoe (a veteran of roots bands such as The Motel Preachers and The Sawbucks) and new recruit Dave Hurd (Rope, Hilton Valentine) In its native Connecticut, the band is as comfortable at major outdoor festivals such as the Meriden Daffodil Festival or New Havenâ€™s Ideat Village as they are music-friendly bars like CafĂ© Nine. They have shared the stage with such notable performers as Todd Rundgren, Melissa Ferrick, Ivy, Patty Griffin, Kristin Hersh, Pat Benatar, Amy Rigby, Merrie Amsterberg, Joe Pernice, Mike Viola, Shane Nicholson and Mary Lou Lord. In 2002 the band released their debut CD entitled The Stupid Truth which was well received by music critics and fans. The New Haven release party for the cd was a sold-out success and the album is currently receiving airplay on college stations throughout the tri-state area. 2008 brought the release of Box it Up which quickly gained the respect of local critics and fans alike. The EP was named one of the top 10 best local releases in the yearly round-up of both the New Haven Register and the local arts paper, The New Haven Advocate.