Not to go all Seventeen on you, but The Thermals are totally crush-worthy. Sorry, but “awesome” and “energetic” don’t quite encapsulate the Portland trio’s dynamic performances. One of the best live acts around, Hutch Harris (vocals/ guitar), Kathy Foster (bass) and recent addition Westin Glass (drums) deftly captivate their audience without swinging from the rafters or exposing themselves (although Harris sported a pretty skimpy bathing suit at one of their many, many, many South by Southwest appearances). All they need are their whip-smart lyrics and rock chops to get the job done. Now We Can See—The Thermals' latest release and first on Kill Rock Stars (the band maintains good vibes with former label Sub Pop, citing a better contractual fit with the Seattle-based KRS)—is packed with infectious ruminations on “death, love and evolution” set to shiny, happy pop chords and Harris’ steady deadpan delivery. Come bob and weave to the rhythm of Foster’s dancing curls—they’ll make you jump, jump. Oh, and be sure to arrive on time for Point Juncture, WA, another Northwest band headed straight for the top.
Where: Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East When: Tonight!