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Throwing Muses

About

Throwing Muses are an American alternative rock band formed in 1981 in Newport, Rhode Island, United States, that toured and recorded extensively until 1997, when its members began concentrating more on other projects.

The group was originally fronted by two stepsisters, Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly, who both wrote the group's songs. Throwing Muses are known for performing music with shifting tempos, creative chord progressions, unorthodox song structures, and surreal lyrics. The group was set apart from other contemporary acts by Hersh's stark, candid writing style; Donelly's pop stylings and vocal harmonies; and David Narcizo's unusual drumming techniques eschewing use of cymbals. Hersh's hallucinatory, feverish lyrics occasionally touch on the subject of mental illness, more often drawing portraits of characters from daily life or addressing relationships.

Articles

May 1, 2022

Throwing Muses

Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today, we revisit the essential 1986 debut from the vibrant and visceral Rhode Island indie rock band, the first American group signed to 4AD.

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Discs

Bywater (Alternate version)

February 11, 2021

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Sun Racket

September 4, 2020

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Frosting

August 11, 2020

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Bo Diddley Bridge

July 9, 2020

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Dark Blue

February 25, 2020

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Purgatory Paradise

October 29, 2013

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Throwing Muses

March 17, 2003

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Live in Providence

January 1, 2003

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University

January 16, 1995

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Red Heaven

June 25, 1992

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The Real Ramona

March 8, 1991

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Hunkpapa

January 20, 1989

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House Tornado

March 15, 1988

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