Celebrated art-punk trailblazers Throwing Muses have announced three shows this summer – their first live dates since their 2014 American tour. August brings performances in Boston, San Diego and Pasadena, California. The first date is August 23 at Boston’s City Winery, followed by August 20 at San Diego’s Soda Bar and August 31 at the Pasadena Daydream Festival.
Fred Abong, formerly also of Throwing Muses during the ‘Real Ramona’ period will open the Boston and San Diego shows in support of his new ‘Pulsing’ EP. His music is alternately described as “ragged Replacements” and “Elliott Smith with balls”.
These Throwing Muses dates follow Kristin Hersh’s current tour as an electric trio, together with Fred Abong and Rob Ahlers, drummer in Hersh’s other band 50FOOTWAVE. For the remainder of June, Hersh is touring the U.S. East Coast in support of her album ‘Possible Dust Clouds’, with Fred Abong also playing an opening solo set.
Comprised of Kristin Hersh, David Narcizo and Bernard George, Throwing Muses is a groundbreaking band who tossed out every rule in the book and effortlessly changed the face of alternative music. The Muses first gained traction in the early ‘80s, playing with similar artists, such as The Pixies and Dinosaur Jr.
Throwing Muses continue to release groundbreaking music, most recently with 2013’s double CD masterpiece ‘Purgatory/Paradise’, an epic, 32-song CD/book combination with photographs and essays by Kristin—also an acclaimed author—and artwork by David Narcizo. Played as a series of movements dovetailing into a powerful statement, this artful piece outdoes everything in this band’s long, illustrious career, proving that the Muses has only peaks, no valleys, unbelievably continuing to outdo themselves with every record.
Signed to Britain’s 4AD and Sire/Warner Brothers in the U.S. as teenagers, Hersh quickly realized she was not interested in playing the corporate recording industry game and traded her first solo record (the highly acclaimed ‘Hips and Makers’, featuring ‘Your Ghost’ featuring Michael Stipe) for her band’s freedom. Released from their contractual obligations, Hersh and her musical projects—including 50FOOTWAVE, who pioneered the ‘pay what you want’ model—are now entirely listener-supported.
Hersh describes her band as “Three shy friends from a little island, freaking the f*** out. We play because we’re addicted to the noise and because we love each other. We’ve never stopped playing. Thirty years on a bus together only encouraged us to play more and no one has told us to shut up yet.”
The Boston show is an all-ages event. Tickets go on sale to the public as of June 24 at 3 pm EST and are now available to City Winery members and Strange Angels. Doors open at 6 pm. A Meet & Greet Soundcheck Party with Kristin Hersh’s trio takes place at 5 pm with tickets limited to 40 persons.
On August 30, the San Diego show at Soda Bar starts at 9:30, doors open at 8:30 pm. The next day, Throwing Muses appear at the Pasadena Daydream Festival, curated by Robert Smith. Of nine handpicked groups slated to perform, Kristin Hersh is among just four artists to be invited back to perform at this event from last year’s London Meltdown Festiva (the others being Mogwai, The Joy Formidable and The Twilight Sad).
Ticket info and sales links for Throwing Muses and Kristin Hersh shows can be found HERE.
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June 21,Hamden, CT,Space Ballroom,
June 22,New York, NY,Mercury Lounge,
June 23,Washington, DC,Union Stage,
June 24,Philadelphia, PA,Boot & Saddle,
June 25,Harrisonburg,VA,Golden Pony,
June 26,Carrboro, NC,Cat’s Cradle,
June 27,Atlanta, GA,Terminal West,
June 28,Athens, GA,40 Watt Club,
June 30,Charlotte, NC,Neighborhood Theatre,
Aug 23,Boston, MA,City Winery,as Throwing Muses
Aug 30,San Diego, CA,Soda Bar,as Throwing Muses
Aug 31,Pasadena, CA,Pasadena Daydream Festival,as Throwing Muses