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Kristin Hersh Returning To New Zealand For Nationwide Tour

Kristin Hersh Returning To New Zealand For Nationwide Tour

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Pete Mellekas / Tuesday 1st August, 2023 8:00AM

Co-founder of Newport, Rhode Island alt-rock icons Throwing Muses (originally with her step-sister Tanya Donelly), Kristin Hersh has announced her first Aotearoa headline dates since 2014, treating fans to a four date nationwide solo tour this November. Launching her new studio record Clear Pond Road on 8th September via Fire Records, the inimitable and prolific songwriter has eleven solo long players to her name and counting — including 1994's Hips and Makers featuring Michael Stipe on breakout single 'Your Ghost' — and ten albums so far with Throwing Muses, including their red hot '90s 4AD run The Real Ramona (1991), Red Heaven (1992) and University (1995). Also frontperson of noise rock power trio 50 Foot Wave and author of eight books (including acclaimed rock memoirs Rat Girl and Don't Suck, Don't Die), Hersh's many local devotees (including myself) will be stoked to hear material from across "her solo and Throwing Muses-spanning career" on the artist's long-awaited spring tour. We recommend moving fast when general public tickets go live this Wednesday...

“New Zealand audiences are some of the most musically literate I have ever had the honor of playing for… they seem to grasp the comedy and tragedy inherent in visceral music like this.”
— Kristin Hersh

UnderTheRadar proudly presents...

Kristin Hersh

Wednesday 15th November - Meow, Wellington* [new show]
Thursday 16th November – Meow, Wellington* [sold out]
Friday 17th November – The Piano, Christchurch
Saturday 18th November – Tuning Fork, Auckland*
Sunday 19th November - Artworks, Waiheke Island, Auckland [sold out]

General public tickets on sale HERE via UTR
*General public tickets on sale via

Hit play on Kristin Hersh's new single 'Ms Haha', form her forthcoming solo album Clear Pond Road...

Take in Throwing Muses's classic single 'Counting Backwards' from 1991's The Real Ramona...

Here's Kristin Hersh's collaborative hit with Michael Stipe 'Your Ghost', from her 1994 debut solo album Hips and Makers...

Press release:

Plus1 proudly presents US indie icon Kristin Hersh performing four New Zealand shows in November.

Hersh will tour Aotearoa for the first time since 2014, performing from her solo and Throwing Muses-spanning career, as well as material from new album Clear Pond Road, out 8 September.

The inimitable Kristin Hersh is a musician's musician, a songwriter's songwriter, and an innovator's innovator.

The Queen of Grunge's first band, Throwing Muses, began recording and playing out when they were just 14 years old and they're still going - 2020's critically acclaimed Sun Racket was hailed as "a perfect record”.

Hersh's refusal to participate in a corporate industry saw her leave a Warner Brothers recording contract at the top of her success in order to become listener-supported.

"Music is humanist and so are we." as she puts it.

Wildly prolific, she has released more than 20 albums solo, with Throwing Muses and with her noise rock band, 50 Foot Wave.

She's also a celebrated author: Rolling Stone named her first book Rat Girl (Penquin) one of the ten best rock memoirs of all time. NPR said of her second book, Don't Suck, Don't Die, ““Not only one of the best books of the year, but one of the most beautiful rock memoirs ever written”

While her third book, the game-changing Seeing Sideways, pushes the envelope of creative non-fiction while telling the story of raising her four sons on a tour bus.

Kristin Hersh’s new album Clear Pond Road set for release on 8th September via Fire Records (Southbound Distribution NZ), is a cinematic road trip; a series of personal vignettes from a fiercely independent auteur, sitting plush with layers of all-consuming strings and mellotron.


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Kristin Hersh
Thu 16th Nov 8:00pm
Meow, Wellington
Kristin Hersh
Fri 17th Nov 7:30pm
The Piano, Christchurch
Kristin Hersh
Sat 18th Nov 8:00pm
The Tuning Fork, Auckland
Kristin Hersh
Sun 19th Nov 6:00pm
Artworks Theatre, Auckland