Photos: The Thermals disappear at the Chapel

The Thermals (photo: Ian Young) It was a night of punk rock momentum at the Chapel as Portland's beloved The Thermals headlined the venue, joined by the Bay's own The Y Axes and Summer Cannibals.  Photographer Ian Young has these animated photos of all the bands from the night, including an always-enthusiastic Hutch Harris taking a dive into the crowd.

By |May 18, 2016|Tags: |

The Thermals reappear to face ‘the end’ on new album

photo by Jason Quigley For Hutch Harris, the frontman of longstanding Portland indie rock trio The Thermals, it happened a little over a year ago. Standing onstage, looking into the curious crowd, he got stage fright. Harris and his band, one of the longest-running acts since Portland experienced a resurgence in independent music and arts, had stood in front of numerous crowds without fear. But this time, he was on a stage alone, with no guitar in his hands and nothing but his good humor to lean on — literally. Harris was performing stand-up comedy for the first [...]

By |February 18, 2016|Tags: |

The Thermals announce show at the Chapel with Colleen Green

The Thermal’s Hutch Harrison encompasses one of those signature, distinguishable vocals that's impossible to miss. Not the most surprising observation, considering that the Thermals have been doing their thing since early 2002–– veterans of indie rock, they’ve been working and consistently producing work for over a decade now. Continuing to not skip a beat, the band has announced a handful of West Coast tour dates, including a stop at The Chapel on February 20th. Joining them will be Los Angeles-based Colleen Green, who’s lo-fi pop tracks are sugar coated with her signature sweet vocals and tinkering drum machine. The pairing [...]

By |January 29, 2014|Tags: , |

Ticket Giveaway: The Thermals at the New Parish, 9/15/13

Get 'em while they're hot - we have THREE pairs of tickets to give away to the Thermals' show at the New Parish this Saturday, June 15th. The band will be in town in support of their latest album, Desperate Ground. If an awesome night at a great venue featuring a crazy energetic band doesn't appeal to you, well, I'm not sure how else we can assist you at this point. To enter this contest, submit an email to contest[at] with your full name in the body and "The Thermals at the New Parish" in the subject line. You may [...]

By |June 13, 2013|Tags: |

Review & Photos: The Thermals, Dirty Ghosts, The SHE’S, Ev Kain @ Rickshaw Stop 3/1/13 (Noise Pop 2013)

Friday’s Noise Pop show at The Rickshaw did not disappoint. From the angular math rock of EV Kain to the Sunny, crystalline pop of The SHE'S, this lineup fell on many pleased ears. EV Kain opened the evening with complicated time signatures and hypnotic drumming while guitarist Brian Belier and drummer Jon Sortland’s vocal harmonies completed the sound -- a heavy reggae-Police vibe, with maybe a touch of AnCo-style psychedelia. The festival tended to name-drop Hella when referring to this band (bassist Jonathan Hischke was a member) but these guys won’t require such prefacing for long. The SHE’S formed when [...]

Ticket Giveaway: The Thermals at the Rickshaw Stop, 3/1/13 (Noise Pop 2013)

Friday's Noise Pop show at the Rickshaw Stop, featuring the Thermals, Dirty Ghosts, the SHE's, and E V Kain is sold out. For one lucky winner, however, we have a pair of tickets to give away. Act fast! As previously noted, the Thermals are in town to promote their new record (Desperate Ground), which comes out on April 16th via Saddle Creek. To enter, submit an email to with your full name in the body and "The Thermals" in the subject line. The winner will be chosen at random. The Thermals, Dirty Ghosts, the SHE's, A V Kain Rickshaw [...]

The Thermals announce new record, tour US in March

Though you may have heard by now, Portland’s The Thermals are currently gearing up for a massive comeback (though we are under strict instructions by their PR folks not to “call it a comeback,” so maybe don’t listen to us). In addition to a brief US tour, The Thermals will be re-releasing some of their most famous work, their first three records, on vinyl on March 5th, available for preorder now. Not only that, they've recently announced a contract with Saddle Creek and a new album -- Desperate Ground, out April 16th. Why are we telling you all this? They’ve [...]

Live This Month: November 2010 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #236)

Live This Month: November 2010 (Podcast #236) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the next 30 days in the San Francisco Bay Area. November's got a ton of great shows, with multiple bands from Denver (Tennis, Gauntlet Hair) and Philadelphia (Sun Airway, Kurt Vile) making noteworthy appearances, while a bunch of locals celebrate the release of new CDs (Eux Autres, Faun Fables, The Definite Articles, The Parties). Enjoy the mix and then go check out some shows! Subscribe to The Bay Bridged Podcast to get every new episode! About the [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Thao Nguyen/The Thermals

Friday, February 5th - Thao & the Get Down Stay Down co-headlining with The Thermals and Grass Widow @ Great American Music Hall The Thermals - "Now We Can See" To enter send an email to with your full name and the phrase "I want to see Thao and The Thermals!" in the subject line. The TENTH person to respond will win a pair of tickets to the show! The show is at 9pm, $17/$19, 6+. Purchase advance tickets here.

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