Although Throwing Muses formed in 1981, I actually didn't get on the bandwagon until their breakout album, Red Heaven. I think for the summer of 1992, I must have listened to Throwing Muses' "Firepile" single a million times. .…
If you've never been to the Icehouse before, this is basically a restaurant with a stage on the right wall, in the center. Every table and seats can see the stage very clearly, including the mezzanine along the back and side.
The show was as intimate as you can get, with just Hersh and her electric guitar. Sure, it got uncomfortably quiet, but that's okay, fans were just really happy and captivated by Kristin Hersh on stage, in the spotlight.
As you hear Hersh kicking into "Your Dirty Answer", followed by "Sno Cat", you realized that every song she wrote had a story behind it. In the case of "Sno Cat", this was after she got into a fight and drove off mad in her car. She didn't know where to go, but somehow ended up seeing someone (insane?) drive circles in the snow and she realized how unimportant whatever she was fighting was. I think Hersh did a better job explaining the story.
As for the songs, you can see from the setlist (from my notes), that most of her set was from her solo records. Her most well-known song, "Your Ghost", obviously got the best audience reaction.
The most interesting song on her set was "Detox", which she explained was so new that even she wasn't sure if she could play it. She then laughed and said it didn't matter because we (the audience) wouldn't know it. The song is part of a six-song set that she released under creative commons, so you are welcome to download and remix her work at kristinhersh.com.
Near the end of the show, she threw in a couple of Throwing Muses songs and for the encore, a 50 Foot Wave (her other band).
Kristin Hersh's next show will be at MeadowGrass Music Festival in Colorado Springs this Saturday, May 25th.
Kristin Hersh at Icehouse, Minneapolis (05/19/13)