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Referred to by The Guardian as “the dislocated star of the 80s US indie scene”, indie rock legend (and also recognized author) Kristin Hersh presents a new video for the song “Wonderland”, which was narrated by Wyatt True, who not only creates clever animation but also happens to be her son. We bring you the preview for that video today, while also announcing dates for her upcoming U.S. tour with Grant-Lee Phillips, as well as three dates with Tanya Donelly.
“Wonderland” is a fave track for many off of her most recent release – Wyatt at the Coyote Palace, which was released both on vinyl and as a double CD with book combo.
Wyatt At The Coyote Palace is the third release in the ground-breaking book-CD format that Hersh began with her previous solo album Crooked and Throwing Muses’ 2013 release Purgatory/Paradise.
After founding her influential art-punk band Throwing Muses in Providence, RI at the age of 14, Kristin Hersh has spent decades confounding expectations and breaking rules, both hers and others. From life as the reluctant frontperson for the Muses, to the solo career she swore would never happen, through the founding of the ambitious and altruistic nonprofit CASH Music, to her recent foray into a successful career as an author, Kristin, now a mother of four, didn’t see much of this coming.
Throwing Muses first gained recognition playing on bills with similarly singular artists like The Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. They signed with the highly regarded British indie label 4AD Records and then to Warner Bros in the US.
Kristin’s solo career spun off in 1994 with the release of Hips and Makers. The album was widely acclaimed and included “Your Ghost”, a duet with R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe. This was followed by eight more critically acclaimed and influential solo records.
Kristin Hersh is most recognized as the front person for the influential art-punk band Throwing Muses. She has also found a surprisingly successful career as an author, she has published the critically acclaimed Paradoxical Undressing in the UK (released as Rat Girl in the US), a children’s book Toby Snax, and Don’t Suck, Don’t Die, a highly acclaimed personal account of her long friendship with the late Vic Chesnutt.
Rolling Stone named Rat Girl one of the top ten best rock memoirs ever written. Rat Girl was also adapted as an award-winning play and is now being made into a TV series. Her book Don’t Suck, Don’t Die was a finalist for the American Booksellers Association book of the year and shortlisted for the Pat Conroy Southern book of the year. NPR said this is “Not only one of the best books of the year, but one of the most beautiful rock memoirs ever written.”
Just ahead of her March tour with Grant-Lee Phillips, Boston residents have the opportunity to catch Throwing Muses’ Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly at three exclusive shows (March 9, 10, and 11) at Boston’s City Winery. Because tickets to the previously announced shows sold out so quickly, best to reserve ahead. You can find your tickets HERE
03/09/2018 Boston – City Winery (with Tanya Donelly)
03/10/2018 Boston – City Winery (with Tanya Donelly)
03/11/2018 Boston – City Winery (with Tanya Donelly)
03/13/2018 Brooklyn – Rough Trade (with Grant-Lee Phillips)
03/14/2018 Philadelphia – Boots Saddle (with Grant-Lee Phillips)
03/15/2018 Easton, MD – Stoltz Listening Room (with Grant-Lee Phillips)
03/16/2018 Washington, DC – Pearl Street (with Grant-Lee Phillips)
03/17/2018 Pittsburgh – Club Café (with Grant-Lee Phillips)
03/18/2018 Cleveland – Music Box (with Grant-Lee Phillips)
03/20/2018 Chicago – S.P.A.C.E. (with Grant-Lee Phillips)
03/23/2018 Minneapolis – The Cedar Cultural Center (with Grant-Lee Phillips)
03/24/2018 Seattle – Freemont Abbey Arts Center (with Grant-Lee Phillips)
03/25/2018 Portland – Old Church Concert Hall (with Grant-Lee Phillips)
03/29/2018 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel (with Grant-Lee Phillips)
03/31/2018 Santa Monica, CA – McCabe’s (with Grant-Lee Phillips)
We also invite you explore Kristin’s aforementioned double album via Bandcamp:
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