In 1979, Grant Hart formed the post-hardcore punk band Husker Du with Bob Mould, and became an underground icon in the decade that followed. Shortly after the group split in 1987, Hart launched a solo career, recording five solo albums between 1988 and '99 (plus two more as leader of Nova Mob). His newest record, Hot Wax, arrived last fall after a 10-year hiatus.
"You're the Reflection of the Moon on the Water"
Hot Wax builds on a solid power-pop foundation, with unexpected elements of '60s-tinged psychedelia. Hart has had his share of ups and downs over the years — he battled heroin addiction near the end of his Husker Du tenure, and never fully regained the commercial success of his former band — but Hot Wax showcases the endurance and continued viability of a surprisingly underappreciated punk icon.