For two decades, Collections of Colonies of Bees have existed in various forms and incarnations, beginning with Chris Rosenau and Jon Mueller (who split time with post-rock band Pele).
From there, the line-up grew and evolved. At one time, Nick Sanborn — currently in the spotlight as one-half of Sylvan Esso — counted himself as a member. At another, the group joined forces with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon to release two albums under the moniker Volcano Choir. (In fact, it was Vernon who proclaimed of his collaborators: “If the world was perfect, they would be as big as U2.”)
Never content to paint the soundscape twice, the previously instrumental Bees now come outfitted with vocalist Marielle Allschwang and a new full-length, HAWAII, that finds the Wisconsin-based ensemble harvesting the fertile intersection between experimental and pop to maximum effect.
Rx Drugs are a band from Milwaukee, WI featuring members of The Promise Ring, Dashboard Confessional, The Championship, and Mike Krol. You know them, you love them, and if you don’t, It’s time you learn.
You Win !!! – The haunting, crooning vocals of Amanda Huff have become instantly recognizable to those who have paid attention to Milwaukee’s music scene in recent years. Her debut solo album, Hemiptera, made it onto a respectable number of “Best of” lists for Milwaukee music in 2018, and established Huff as an artist that excelled at writing atmospheric lo-fi pop music. But a chance encounter with local producer William Gardiner has created a new platform for Huff’s distinct vocals – one that calls back to ‘80s synth wave interwoven with elements of contemporary dark pop.