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Since 2002, the Thermals have crafted raucous, ebullient post-pop-punk tunes that are ridiculously catchy and singularly intense. Over the years, Hutch Harris, Kathy Foster, and — for the last few albums — Westin Glass, have honed their craft from their homebase in Portland, Oregon, releasing five records filled with thoughtful, driving, and brash songs. Their… More »

Remember last month when we made a hand-wringing post about the death of the MP3 and thereby the end of the downloadable Monthly Mix? Well, fuck it — ZIP FILE BACK. Thank you for your comments and opinions! This is blog-in-action. But, we know some of you enjoyed the ease and increased songchoice represented by… More »

Increasingly, this is a weird column to write, since the list of things that fall under “music video” parameters includes big-budget extravaganzas, weird little no-money larks, clips of people’s kids, stitched-together performance footage, barely-disguised product-placement commercials, and bits of barely-edited stock footage. Since all of these things can be pretty great on their own term… More »

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The Thermals – “Canada”

This week the world turns its attention to our northernly neighbor for Vancouver's 2010 Winter Olympics. Not everyone's enthused. While the Thermals' one-off ode to…
Amrit Singh | February 9, 2010 - 4:43 pm

The 25 69 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2010

This year in music was great and we'rea gonna let it finish (sorry), but in terms of notable album releases the ship has sailed. No…
Amrit Singh | November 24, 2009 - 5:41 pm

Monolith 2009 In Photos

While we were rocking the Catskills, enjoying what Wayne Coyne said was “the greatest collection of underground music ever assembled,” dozens of other great indie…
Scott Lapatine | September 15, 2009 - 5:42 pm

Fuck Yeah Fest 2009 In Photos

In its sixth year, Fuck Yeah Fest had the explicit intention of benefitting California’s state parks, and implicit intention of scaring away media outlets afraid…
Amrit Singh | September 8, 2009 - 12:36 pm

Capitol Hill Block Party 2009 In Photos

This past weekend, Seattle roped off a couple of blocks on Pike Street to host the Capitol Hill Block Party, inviting everyone from Sonic Youth…
Amrit Singh | July 27, 2009 - 4:23 pm

The Thermals @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 5/11/09

There are some great things about seeing a band like the Thermals. For one, you know you're gonna see at least twenty of your favorite…
Amrit Singh | May 12, 2009 - 10:16 am

New Thermals Video – “Now We Can See”

The title track to the Thermals' Now We Can See is an incessantly catchy pop anthem about progression, evolution, realization, etc., and there is no…
Amrit Singh | April 7, 2009 - 5:07 pm

SXSW 2009: Friday In Photos

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy On Friday we shook off the early-morning cobwebs and made a beeline to the Pitchfork/Windish Bash in time to…
brandon | March 22, 2009 - 12:09 pm

Hold Steady, Thermals, Ra Ra Riot To Play Rachael Ray’s Second SXSW Showcase

As we previously reported, the feisty foodie is returning to Austin this year for her second awkwardly titled (and conceptualized) SXSW showcase: Rose’s Mojito and…
brandon | February 26, 2009 - 4:41 pm

New Thermals – “Now We Can See”

The bouncy Portland trio recently gave us a Progress Report about their forthcoming forth album Now We Can See that included a look at the…
brandon | February 10, 2009 - 2:20 pm

The Thermals Report On Menomena’s Progress

In response to yesterday’s Progress Report on the Thermals and their forthcoming Kill Rock Stars release Now We Can See, Kathy of the Thermals checked
Amrit Singh | January 21, 2009 - 9:36 am

Progress Report: The Thermals

NAME: The Thermals PROGRESS REPORT: Releasing their fourth LP, Now We Can See, on April 7 (Kill Rock Stars). Recorded at Supernatural Sound in Orego…
Jessica | January 20, 2009 - 2:25 pm

MTV Lets Us Know Portland Has Bands, Basements, Rain, Trees

Echoing Slate's out-of-date Portland exposé from this past fall, MTV's followed the momentum of their Brooklyn 2008 piece with a feature on PDX. What we…
brandon | July 16, 2008 - 3:43 pm

Highlights From The Thermals’ Karaoke Experience @ Studio B

That New York x New York karoake redux thing happened last night in Brooklyn, this time swapping of Montreal for the Thermals as the event'…
Amrit Singh | February 1, 2008 - 3:33 pm

Indie Rock Karaoke, Starring The Thermals

Once again, the New York x New York crew are taking over Studio B in Brooklyn for a one-night-only karaoke extravaganza. Last time, of course,…
Stereogum | January 10, 2008 - 6:34 pm

New Thermals Video – “Returning To The Fold”

Malkmus approved politico Sub Pop punk pop maestro Hutch Harris continues to make good use of his time beyond the barista counter, shooting videos for…
Stereogum | November 28, 2007 - 9:26 am

Quit Your Day Job: The Thermals

Reporting live from SXSW, a/k/a the place where indie-rock dreams come true (or die in front of a half-filled room), I figured it made sense…
brandon | March 14, 2007 - 2:15 pm

Malkmus On Shins, Smiths, Thermals, Mullets

Stephen had a chat with Seattle’s The Stranger, touching on northwestern bands, cities, and fashion styles. Some thoughts on the region’s music (via LHB): What
Stereogum | January 18, 2007 - 12:34 pm

Stereogum Does CMJ: Brooklyn Vegan Day Party

We made it to the second of three parties thrown during CMJ by our good friend Dave, who did an outstanding job making our live…
Stereogum | November 6, 2006 - 4:33 am

Stereogum Does CMJ: Sub Pop Showcase @ Bowery Ballroom

While we were being blown away/surprised/disappointed/nostalgic at Mercury Lounge, our friend Abbey Braden was one of the many troopers that turned up at the 7PM…
Stereogum | November 6, 2006 - 3:28 am