Category Archives: The Thermals

Maha: The Thermals bring much-needed energy to the afternoon

The day started with some folk and quiet rock (for the most part), but I thought people would be ready for some punk rock energy when The Thermals came on midway through Maha Music Festival. The Thermals brought it for … Continue reading

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Review: The Thermals hit Slowdown for fast, rowdy set

When The Thermals walked onto Slowdown’s small stage last night, they kind of looked at each other, strummed a chord and then slammed into “Faces Stay With Me.” No hesitation, no pause and no introduction (other than to some power … Continue reading

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Q&A: The Thermals bassist Kathy Foster on ‘Desperate Ground,’ Omaha, Saddle Creek

The intense and bouncy audiences at The Thermals’ performances a few months ago in Austin were a welcome site to the Portland punk band. South by Southwest was a chance for the band to show off its then-upcoming album, “Desperate … Continue reading

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Maha Music Festival: The Flaming Lips, Matt & Kim, Bob Mould lead the lineup

Maha Music Festival announced its lineup and it’s top-to-bottom the strongest the fest has featured in its five years. The Flaming Lips will headline the festival’s lineup, which features a strong group of diverse indie artists that also includes Matt & … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Thermals, ‘Desperate Ground’

The Thermals don’t break new ground with “Desperate Ground.” They don’t do anything particularly novel, change the dynamics of punk rock or deliver a scathing treatise of our government. What they do is kill it with tracks that hit like … Continue reading

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First Gigs: Rock legends look back at their first performances

Rock ‘n’ roll superstars, music legends, indie rock darlings, pop divas and radio kings — and even your cousin who plays in that wedding band — all had to start somewhere. No one played to an arena full of fans … Continue reading

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Column: Best of the best from South by Southwest

Yeah, South by Southwest ended last week, but I still have it on the brain. Five straight days of showcases, new music, pizza and interviews tend to give you more information than you can process. I wanted to mention a … Continue reading

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Video: Interview with The Thermals at SXSW

I caught up with Kathy Foster and Hutch Harris of The Thermals last week after the band’s show at The Parish in Austin, where they played mostly new songs from their album “Desperate Ground,” which is out April 16 on … Continue reading

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SXSW: An afternoon with The Thermals, Frightened Rabbit and Telekinesis

This SXSW has been really fun, but the schedule has often aligned so that 10 things I want to see are happening all at once and then I have nothing to do (or five bands I’ve already seen) immediately following. … Continue reading

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SXSW: The Thermals careen through new, old

Hutch Harris barely stopped to say hello. Only the start of The Thermals’  half-hour set at The Parish, a short drum kit malfunction and the end of the concert brought him pause to say anything. Instead, about all we got … Continue reading

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