1. California-based Rubies, are Simone Rubi (lead vocals, keyboards) and her band including musicians from all over the world. Their sound is a mixture of pop, disco, and folk. Simone Rubi and Terri Loewenthal were also in a band together called Call and Response. Their debut album is called Explode from the Center and is out on multiple labels including Tellé (home of Royksopp, Annie, Kings of Convenience, Real Ones, Datarock), Hybris (El Perro del Mar, Familjen), Modern Soul, and Rallye/Klee (Japan).