12.14.16 - Hey folks! Long time no see! We have several up dates incase you haven't been following our facebook/twitter/Instagram feeds. Back in September we began work on our second full length lp at Secret Stash Records Studios in Minneapolis. We are getting very close to finishing it, with about 75-80% of the recording done, we still have some major parts to lay down. It's taking a bit of time, but we feel we are working harder on this project than any other prior and that the amount of time and care we are putting into it will produce the best possible record we can deliver, and that makes us very excited to share it with you. Follow us on facebook, twitter and Instagram for all the latest on the album's progress and pics and videos from the sessions!
We also have a few shows lined up over the next month. Our last show of 2016 will be held in Stillwater on December 23rd at Lift Bridge Brewery for our annual Steam-Hand Meatroller Holiday extravaganza! This is always a highlight of the year for us and we're really looking forward to closing out our great year with another fun-filled, holiday sweater-wearing evening! Let's celebrate everyone... and beer! LOTS of BEER! And finally, we will be playing with our friends TABAH as we return to Winona for our first show of 2017 at Ed's No Name Bar on January 14th. It's gonna be a crazy-fun night!
Have a good holiday season everyone! - Ruben
8.23.16 - Duluth! We're gonna be heading up your way September 2nd to participate in the Super Big Pre-Party at the Red Herring Lounge. We'll be joining Frankie Lee, Hugh Masterson, Dirty Half, Feeding Leroy and Wavy Maze for an awesome night of music in the north country. We honestly couldn't be more excited to be apart of this line up. Two stages, six acts. Get tickets early HERE for $5 or for $10 at the door. Can't wait to be back at our home away from home. See you there!
8.15.16 - Hola, Amigos! Been a minute since we've last updated our website, but we figured we should now that we got some actual news to send your way. We have a few shows coming up, the first being in Minneapolis at the Aster Cafe with our friends FloraFauna on Friday, August 19th. We implore everyone to come to this show, especially if it's been a while since you've seen us live. We are excited to play all of our new songs before we record them. Also, we have shows in Appleton, WI on Tuesday, August 30th and in Duluth,MN at the Red Herring Lounge on September 2nd. We're excited to be on the road for those couple dates and play in a couple of our favorite cities!
Next bit of news is that we've finally flushed out most of the major details and we will be headed into the studio next month to begin tracking our 2nd (or 3rd, depending on how you look at it) full length album. We've been working for years on these songs and are very excited to finally get them on tape, so-to-speak. This means we will be playing less shows for the duration of recording, so that's why we want people to come out August 19th and help us pack the Aster. We're also have a few cool things planned over the next few months that we can't wait to share. Take care, everyone! - Ruben
5.30.16 - We've been very busy the last few months, getting ready to record a new record but also setting up a killer line-up of shows for this summer. Our next show is June 10th at the Uptown VFW in Minneapolis with Black Market Brass and Red Daughters who will be celebrating the release of their lp DEALER on vinyl. It's really gonna be a phenomenal show and we can't wait to play! We'll also be joining the line-up for this years Stillwater Lumberjack Days and we'll be playing Saturday, July 16th with Har Mar Superstar, Gramma's Boyfriend and the Suburbs, it's gonna be a killer weekend! More shows to be added soon so keep checking back to see if we'll be in a town near you!
2.11.16 - Small update: Currently working on finishing the songs for our new album, which means we've been rehearsing and demoing a bunch. We are currently planning on heading into the studio later this year and recording our next full length, and we are very excited about the new material we have come up with so far; lots of harmonies and lots of new ideas. Also, we've got a couple shows coming up over the next few months, head on over to our DATES section to see if we'll be in a city near you! XXOO - Ruben
12.30.15 - Well, we are wrapping what has been an amazing year. We have had the privilege of traveling all over the country this year, getting to do some amazing things like recording a record in Nashville, TN, going on tour with our good friends, playing awesome festivals, hearing our music for the first time on vinyl all the while getting to meet some incredible people. And now, as the new year looms , we are once again preparing for another year of new experiences and new places, and we can't wait to see what the future holds. Check out our DATES section for the latest shows we've posted, we've got some good ones coming up. Hope everyone has a great New Year and we'll be seeing you in 2016!
11.13.15 - We would like to thank everyone who came out for the tour last week, and all the bands that we played with, some of whom we met for the first time. And most of all a HUGE thank you to our friends and tour mates General B and the Wiz and tour photographer Benjamin Steinquist for coming on this tour with us and making it a super fun experience, we'll never forget it!
As for the rest of this year, we're going to be taking most of the next few months off to spend time with our families and to also concentrate on finishing up working out the songs for the rest of our new record. However, we do have our last local show of the year coming up next month at the Lift Bridge Brewery Tap Room in Stillwater on December 22nd, should be a fun time! And as we look towards the future, we will be entering the studio early next year to record our next full length album. We are excited to show you folks what we have been cooking up over the past couple years, and hopefully you will be just as excited to hear them! But until then, let the good times roll!
10.25.15 - Check out the new official video we did for our single "Post Office". Our good friends and future tour mates General B and The Wiz came by our practice space along with our other good friends at Beaudry Filmworks and we filmed us colaborating musically on each others new songs. POST OFFICE (Official Video).
10.13.15 - Our new single "Post Office" which we recorded in Nashville, TN will be hitting store shelves and merch tables next month, November 6th! In lieu of this new release we will also be hitting the road for a short tour of the upper midwest with our good pals General B and The Wiz! 5 cities in 5 days, and we are calling it the "Post Office Tour 2015", check out our TOUR DATES section to see if we'll be in a city near you. Every show will be a party, every show will be an experience! YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS TOUR!
11/4 - The Burlington, Chicago IL
11/5 - Mill Creek Bar, Appleton WI
11/6 - Red Herring Lounge, Duluth MN
11/7 - Ed's No Name Bar, Winona MN
11/8 - Eagles Club 34, Minneapolis MN (Record Release Party!)
We'll see you out there!
9.18.15 - We have a few shows coming up in the next month. Our next one will be at the Prairie Burn Festival in Hudson, WI put on by YMCA Camp St. Croix next Saturday, September 26th. For more information click this link Here.
We'll also be back in the lovely city of La Crosse, WI on October 9th with our good friend Matt Lawrence (formerly of Neon) and his band full of very special guests! Also check out his new EP at his bandcamp site, it's great!
Our next Twin Cities show will be at the Kitty Cat Klub on Thursday, October 22nd with Mooner (Chicago), Fury Things and Flasher. This is gonna be a really good show, you don't wanna miss it!
Yet again our Halloween E.P. is available online for a limited time. This year we're releasing it via GoJohnnyGo Records at our Bandcamp site.
It can also be purchased on a limited run of cassette tape at Go Johnny Go Records in White Bear Lake.
Also, we will be making a few big announcements in the coming weeks! Please stay tuned for more information...
7.25.15 - A couple festvals we're taking part in have released their full lineups, and you can check them out here:
Mile of Music 3 : mileofmusic.com
Prairie Burn Festival: https://www.facebook.com/events/750860301679887/
7.9.15 - Check out the session we did in Rock Island, IL at the Daytrotter studios. It was a lot of fun and we're really happy with how it turned out. Listen here: http://www.daytrotter.com/#!/concert/ruben/21022181-373890468
7.2.15 - Summer is here yet again and we have some fun shows lined up for it! After returning from our Nashville trip we took a few weeks off to clear our minds and now we are back! We are returning for our only summer Lift Bridge Brewery residency show this Friday, July 3rd, so if you want a chance to party with us for free, get to the brewery between 6 and 10pm, and as always: it's free! Also, we've added some more shows so check the DATES section for more info. Aside from that, we are currently in the works on some very cool stuff that we will share with you in time, SO, keep checking back for more updates! XoXo - Ruben
5.15.15 - Spring is well under way that means the trees are exploding with color and beauty, and we are well under way to having another album almost fully written and we are very excited about that idea. Until that time, however, we will be doing some pretty cool stuff like playing festivals, driving down to Nashville and releasing a 45. We are heading into the studio on May 31st to record a new single which will be exclusively available on a 7" vinyl. We are currently in the midst of rehearsals for said studio time and we will be posting visual updates as frequently as necessary. Next show will be in St. Louis, MO at Evangeline's Bistro & Music House, excited to be heading to the south for the first time! Get at us if you're in the area. Until next time... XOXO - Rubes
3.5.15 - Big news comes from the Ruben camp this week! We just finalized the details to record our first vinyl record which we will be recording in NASHVILLE! We are elated about this new venture we are embarking on, as we are recording it straight to a vinyl lacquer at one of the only studios in the world capable of doing it: "Welcome to 1979". The 45rpm record will be recorded entirely live meaning no overdubs, no fixes and all the mistakes. We will have copies available this summer as a limited edition so get yours while you can. Aside from the record, we will also be doing a short tour on our way down visiting some new cities and hopefully making some new friends along the way.
Also we would like to thank all the new friends and fans we made this past winter, we have had a great time playing all around Minnesota and Wisconsin and can't wait to continue doing so. Our next local show will be at the 7th Street Entry on Tuesday, March 24th with our new found pals Desert Noises (Utah) and Santah (Chicago). We really would like to sell this show out so get your tickets now while you can! More tour dates will be added soon, check back for further updates! - Ruben
1.22.15 - Hey everyone! Hope you are all having a great new year so far! A little news from the Ruben camp to throw your way: we have updated the "Dates" section and added some more shows to the bill, we'll be hitting La Crosse, Winona, Minneapolis and for the first time ever Eau Claire, Wisconsin, super excited for all these shows. We also do have some stuff in the works right now as far as physical music goes but we can't tell you anything more than that at the moment ;) Hope you are well, we love you, - Ruben.
11.24.14 - We've had an amazing past few weeks. We played to a packed house at the Red Herring in Duluth last Friday, it was so much fun and just makes us want to return as soon as possible (and we might be very soon!). Also, this week we spent some time on the road, where we just got back from playing in Iowa, and at our Daytrotter session in Rock Island, IL. Daytrotter was incredible and it gave us an opportunity to record a live version of some brand new songs so we can get you all some new material while you wait for our next album to be released.
We have a show coming up this Friday at the 331 Club in Northeast Minneapolis, it's gonna be so much fun and we hope we can see your beautiful selves there! Take care and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
11.18.14 - The work and hustle never stops, and we're gonna keep pushing on. This week is busy for us, lots of music to be played. Wednesday night will find us in Burlington, IA at The Washington, it's our first time in Burlington and we are way excited, ready to show them some Minnesota rock n roll! The day after we are slated to record a session in Rock Island, IL at the Daytrotter studios. We could not be more excited for this opportunity, we always considered it almost a rite of passage for a band, and it will help open our music to a much broader audience, which is all a band can ever hope for. Once it's ready, we'll be the first to let you know! We are currently getting songs ready for our next record which we are getting ready to record at the begining of next year, keep your ears peeled for more details...
9.24.14 - Things keep rolling along...we've set up some fun seasonal shows and will play host to our good friends The Traveling Suitcase at The Turf Club Monday, October 20th. We've also set up several other shows, but heading to our "Dates" page is the best way to get details. We're gonna start demos on some new tracks with the intention of hitting the studio the late months of 2014/early2015. Until then, we'll be heading to Rock Island, IL late November for a surprise...keep an eye out, yo.
8.18.14 - After a great weekend in Appleton, WI at the 2nd Annual Mile of Music AND Square Lake Film and Music Festival, we're re-envigorated and excited to do some new things. We've got a solid half dozen new songs to work on, and some shows coming down the chute. Keep an eye on the DATES page for further details. Thanks for enjoying our music.
7.21.14 - We had a great time this weekend at Stillwater Log Jam. We got put on a two day bill with two of our favorite local acts: Sonny Knight and the Lakers and the Cactus Blossoms, both showed Stillwater a really good time! Right now we are gearing up for a busy August. Our next local show will be at the Loring Pasta Bar on July 31st with the Dirt Road Ramblers, a great country band from right here in the twin cities. After that we are back on the festival circuit, and hitting the road for a three day mini tour of sorts. August 7th & 8th we will be playing multiple shows at the Mile Of Music festival in Appleton, WI which was founded by Appleton's native son Cory Chisel, and we are beyond excited. Lots of great bands are billed to play that weekend, including some friends so it will be a great time for everyone concerned. After that we come back to Minnesota to return for another hometown show at the Square Lake Music Festival on August 9th, where we'll be joined by Carroll, Frankie Lee, Anonymous Choir and the always amazing Low. Tickets are on sale for both events. http://mileofmusic.com/
See you soon! - Ruben
5.13.14 - What's happening, ya'll? We just finished up the last of our spring shows and boy, we would like to thank EVERYONE who came out to them. We had such a great time meeting all you new people, and making friends with all these new bands, couldn't have asked for a better spring. Right now we have a month off from playing dates, however Sam is playing a solo show in the mean time, and that will be at Beaner's Central in Duluth for the 3rd Annual Pete Fest, June 5th. Make sure all you Duluthians get to that show, should be a great night of music. Also, during our break our very own Mack Ziemer and Catie Larson will be tying the knot! We are very happy and excited for them, and hope everyone will join us in wishing them well on their new life together! Other than that, our next show will be June 15th at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival in Minneapolis, check the DATES tab to see our summer schedule. **Peace and harmony to you fine folks**
2.19.14 - Hola, spring is filling up with dates, and we're edging into summer. We've got a couple of festivals lined up, and details to follow. Also, we're making some new apparel and tracking some demos in the near future. The future...it's here....
1.17.14 - Hey kids, we have some shows lined up in the coming months, so make sure to check out our DATES page for more info on them. Right now we are in the midst of rehearsals for our upcoming shows, and are currently creating new songs for our next record which we are set to start recording next month. We are very excited to get back on the road and play our music for you lovely, lovely people. Next time we're in your town, come by and say hi to us! We'll see you in La Crosse, WI on Saturday, January 25th!
11.25.13 - Hey folks, we have a few more shows left this year and the one most worth mentioning at this point is our album release party being held at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall this Saturday, November 30th at 10pm. There will also be the first annual Turkey Jerky Jerk-Off competition being held at the same time for all your snacking needs. We go on at midnight on the hall stage, and the cover charge is $6. Playing with us that night will be two excellent twin cities music acts - American Youth and Lydia Hoglund from the band Bomba De Luz. If you're gonna catch one Ruben show for the rest of the year, have it be this one! We'll be giving away copies of the new record as well as some Ruben prize packs the whole family can enjoy. We love you, and hope to see you at the show!
11.12.13 - Today is the day! Our new album "The Orchard" is available today for purchase! You can download your copy on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon.com and our bandcamp site. We also have physical copies available at our online store http://rubenmusic.bigcartel.com, or you can pick up a copy at a show.
We are also happy to announce our album release show on November 30th at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall with American Youth! Lots of goodies and prizes will be available, as well as copies of our new album. We love you, and can't wait to see you there!
9.10.13 - We're gonna be performing on KFAI Radio tomorrow night at 10pm for the program "Live From Studio 5", be sure to tune in to hear the majority of our new record played live! After that we have a show coming up next week at Cause Soundbar with friends Filthy Animals and Deadnote on Thursday, September 19th.
In other news, we are very close to having the new record finished, which will be released on November 12th. Check out the "Dates" section to see our updated shows list to see when we're playing a town near you!
7.31.13 - Hey y'all, we keep rollin' along. We've set up a healthy set of shows this fall to get the word out on our forthcoming EP "Here, Now." Check the dates for a show near you!
5.30.13 - So for the last month we've played a few shows, and have been working on music to finish up the new record, which should be complete in the next few months and in your waiting hands by fall. For June, we have some shows lined up, so make sure to check out the dates section to see if we're gonna be in your area!
4.30.13 - We've been busy making moves these days...if you're not aware, we've released a digital single featuring "It's Alright" and the brand spanking new song "Ten Feet Outside" out now on our Bandcamp site. Find it here:
Aside from that, we spent some time in Winona, MN with our friends at Mid West Music Fest to help raise money for the arts. Read Andrea Swensson's review of our performance here:
4.17.13 - We're gearing up for Midwest Music Fest in Winona this weekend. We'll be interviewed and a live performance of our MWMF set will be featured on KQAL's The Live Feed with details to follow, so stay tuned or come join us down at our river home away from home...
...in the meantime, come visit us in person at one of our many upcoming shows. Dates are posted appropriately on the 'DATES' page.