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Collections Of Colonies Of Bees, Auscultation, Asumaya

  • Art In 1444 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Milwaukee band Collections Of Colonies Of Bees play sweeping instrumental rock with plenty of billowing crescendos and cathartic melodies, but ground their compositions in obsessively precise, interlocking rhythms that owe much to electronic music and contemporary composers like Steve Reich. Bees have been a bit quiet over the past few years, with the lineup shifting and members getting pulled away into, or leaving for, projects including Volcano Choir, Sylvan Esso, and a reunion of Milwaukee instrumental band Pele. Their most recent album, 2015's Set, dropped with little fanfare, which is a shame—its oddly named tracks, like "G (F)" and "C (G)," are among the warmest and most emotionally expansive the band has released to date. This will be Bees' first Madison show with its new five-piece lineup, which includes Milwaukee vocalist Marielle Allschwang and Madison's Matt Skemp (Czarbles, All Tiny Creatures) on bass. This set will include new material that features Allschwang's looped, effected vocals, and leans more toward the rocking side of Bees' sound. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: June 9
Russ Johnson Quartet