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Collections of Colonies of Bees topline all-MKE lineup at Vivarium

A woman in a long red dress stands holding a rooster with four men behind her on a grassy lawn with tall bushes out of focus in the background.
Pabst Theater Group

Back in November, our Cinebuds podcast welcomed Marielle Allschwang as its very first musical guest and got to hear about the many, MANY projects she had cooking. One of them bubbled up this week, when Vivarium announced that Allschwang and her Collections of Colonies of Bees bandmates will headline a local-heavy show June 8.

CCB has been at it since 1998 with a rotating roster that Allschwang joined as vocalist in 2016. The group at one time included Sylvan Esso’s Nick Sanborn and has collaborated with the likes of Justin Vernon (as Volcano Choir). Their last full-length, Hawaii, came down the pike in 2018, although they also released the single “HEARTFAKE” in July of 2020.

But it can’t be “a local-heavy show” without a little more Milwaukee oomph. Immortal Girlfriend will supply a portion of that, having recently released their seven-song EP, Sojourner. The new project features the wall-to-wall quality we’ve come to expect from the brothers Bush and includes the kind of pulsating, mood-laden tracks that earn them their “Dark Knights of Synth” title.

Rounding out the lineup are relative newcomers (especially compared with who they’ll share the stage with on June 8) Exit Statements, an experimental rock trio who put out debut single “Letterhead” just after Thanksgiving.

Tickets for the triple-threat Milwaukee showcase go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday, March 1, online and at the Pabst/Riverside box offices.