The last time Throwing Muses released an album was a decade ago. But the influential band -- U.K. label 4AD's first American signing in 1986 -- hasn't been on hiatus. Leader Kristin Hersh, drummer David Narcizo and bassist Bernard George were still writing and gigging together, weaving Hersh's surreal monologues into the sinewy, guitar-driven salvos that helped define the sound of '90s alt-rock.

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