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Under the Radar Examines Music and Politics with the 2016 Protest Issue

Special Issue Takes On Sexism and Feminism in the Music Industry, Tackles the Election, and Features Amanda Palmer on the Cover

Sep 09, 2016

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our 2016 Protest Issue (out September, October, and into November), which is out now both digitally and on newsstands. We've done a Protest Issue every U.S. Presidential election year since 2004 and as before this issue features articles examining the intersection of music and politics and photo shoots with musicians holding protest signs of their own making. Then in mid-October we will be launching our charity Protest Auction, in which we auction off all the protest signs in the issue, with all profits going to the American Cancer SocietyMore

The Thermals Announce New Album, Share “Hey You”

We Disappear Out March 25 via Saddle Creek, Produced by Chris Walla

Jan 06, 2016

The Thermals have announced a new album and shared its first single. We Disappear is due out March 25 via Saddle Creek. Below you can stream the short and punchy "Hey You." Former Death Cab for Cutie guitarist/producer Chris Walla produced the album, which was recorded in Portland at the Kung Fu Bakery and in Seattle at The Hall of Justice. More

The Thermals Release “Sword By My Side” Video Game

Desperate Ground Out Now On Saddle Creek

Dec 12, 2013

Because making an album simply isn’t enough, today The Thermals released a video game called “Sword By My Side.”  More

The Thermals Announce December Tour

Supporting New Album Desperate Ground

Nov 06, 2013

Portland-based punk trio The Thermals have announced plans for a month-long tour this December. More

Halloween 2013 Questionnaire: The Thermals

"I always enjoy making myself look beat up or dead. It really disturbs people." - The Thermals' Kathy Foster

Oct 31, 2013

We sent out the same set of Halloween-related questions to a bunch of different musicians. All Halloween week we are posting their responses. Here are some spooky answers from Kathy Foster of The Thermals. More

May 21, 2013

Recently releasing their new album Desperate Grounds, Portland-based punk trio The Thermals have premiered the music video for their second single "The Sunset." More

Jan 31, 2013

Portland-based band The Thermals have new a’ plenty.  More

Jun 28, 2011

The Thermals have released single "Never Listen to Me," available digitally via Kill Rock Stars. More

Matt and Kim Pair Up with The Thermals

Bands Announce Joint Tour

Mar 03, 2011

Brooklyn indie-pop duo Matt and Kim are teaming up with Portland punks The Thermals for a joint tour, kicking off this spring. We have the dates. More

Dec 08, 2010

For Under the Radar’s 8th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2010. Pick up a copy of Under the Radar’s Year End issue for interviews with: The Antlers, Bon Iver, Caribou, Club 8, Delphic, Rose Elinor Dougall, Gayngs, Hot Chip, Lost in the Trees, Love is All, The Love Language, Mogwai, of Montreal, Okkervil River, Yoko Ono, Owen Pallett, Plants and Animals, Mark Ronson, Superchunk, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Van Etten, and Vivian Girls. Today we posted web exclusive surveys with The Big Pink, Yann Tiersen, and The Thermals. More

Aug 25, 2010

Cymbals Eat Guitars and The Thermals have decided to extend their fall trek with dates kicking off September 30th. We have the full slate of shows.  More

Aug 17, 2010

(Under the Radar's Summer 2010 Issue is a special issue named the Wasted on the Youth Issue that features musicians and actors talking about their childhood memories and things they loved when they were kids. We're also posting web-exclusive essays that were not printed in the issue, including this one by The Thermals' Hutch Harris.) More

The Thermals and Cymbals Eat Guitars Plot North American Tour

Dueling Covers of "Ballad of Big Nothing" If We're Lucky

Jul 27, 2010

The Thermals and Cymbals Eat Guitars, two bands who obviously love the '90s, as evidenced by their respective covers of Elliott Smith's "Ballad of Big Nothing," always seemed like they'd make great touring partners. And it's happening this fall, as the pair hit the road together. We have the dates. More

The Thermals Get Personal on New LP

New Album To Be Released on Kill Rock Stars in September

Jun 04, 2010

Portland's The Thermals, after a trio of thematically linked records excoriating right wing politics and organized religion, have announced the September 7 release of Personal Life on Kill Rock Stars. We have the details. More

Aug 04, 2009

Hopefully, The Thermals will play more of those new-fangled "Velvet Underground underwater" songs for West Coast audiences this September. We heard from bassist Kathy Foster that's where the Portland "post-power-pop" trifecta are heading sonically on the follow-up to the still-very-fresh Now We Can See. More

Los Angeles’ Fuck Yeah Fest Announces 2009 Lineup

WAVVES, The Thermals, The Black Lips, No Age, Kurt Vile, Har Mar Superstar, and More

Aug 04, 2009

Six years in, the festival now has a single designated location and a lineup with oomph. FYF 2009 will take place in the Los Angeles Historic State Park on September 5th, and tickets are already on sale. Lineup includes: Lightning Bolt, Black Lips, Tim and Eric (comedy duo from Adult Swim), Fucked Up, Glass Candy, WAVVES, Times New Viking, No Age, Crystal Antlers, Cold Cave, The Thermals, Japanther, Kurt Vile, Darker My Love. and others. More

Check Out Photos of Pitchfork Music Festival Day Three

Photos of The Flaming Lips, Grizzly Bear, M83, Japandroids, The Thermals, DJ Rupture, and Pharoahe Monche

Jul 20, 2009

The Pitchfork Music Festival concluded yesterday in Chicago and we sent photographer Andrew Reed Weller down to capture the day three action. Check out his photos of The Flaming Lips, Grizzly Bear, M83, The Thermals, Japandroids, DJ Rupture, and Pharoahe Monch. More


Interviews

2016 Artist Survey: Kathy Foster of The Thermals

Foster on 2016's Best Albums, Trump and the Election, Self-Driving Cars, Bowie and Prince, First Kisses, and Scary Movies

Jan 11, 2017

For Under the Radar's 14th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2016. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2016 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions.  More

To Play or Not to Play: Indie Artists Debate Whether Canceling Shows is an Effective Means of Protes

A Conversation with Death Cab for Cutie's Nick Harmer, Rogue Wave's Zach Rogue, Tacocat's Emily Nokes, and The Thermals' Hutch Harris

Nov 29, 2016

On March 23, 2016, the state of North Carolina passed The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, otherwise known as House Bill 2 or HB2. The law, as written, strips out anti-discrimination protections for gay, bisexual, and transgender people, as well as prohibits transgender individuals from using the bathroom of their choice in public buildings. More

2015 Artist Survey: The Thermals

Hutch Harris on Streaming, the Election, Dating, Star Wars, and the Apocalypse

Jan 07, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Hutch Harris of The ThermalsMore

Halloween 2013 Questionnaire: The Thermals

"I always enjoy making myself look beat up or dead. It really disturbs people." - The Thermals' Kathy Foster

Oct 31, 2013

We sent out the same set of Halloween-related questions to a bunch of different musicians. All Halloween week we are posting their responses. Here are some spooky answers from Kathy Foster of The Thermals. More

Dec 08, 2010

For Under the Radar’s 8th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2010. Pick up a copy of Under the Radar’s Year End issue for interviews with: The Antlers, Bon Iver, Caribou,Club 8, Delphic, Rose Elinor Dougall, Gayngs, Hot Chip, Lost in the Trees, Love is All, The Love Language, Mogwai, of Montreal, Okkervil River, Yoko Ono, Owen Pallett, Plants and Animals, Mark Ronson, Superchunk, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Van Etten, and Vivian Girls.  Here’s a survey from Westin Glass of The Thermals More

The Thermals

Soothing Noise

Aug 04, 2009

Portland, Oregon's The Thermals may dub their fourth release, Now We Can See, "post-power-pop" but that doesn't mean they're so over the '90s. In fact, they embrace everything from "Basketcase" to Pinkerton, on or off stage. Now with a new record label (Kill Rock Stars) and yet another new drummer (Say Hi's Westin Glass), Kathy Foster and Hutch Harris are making the festival rounds this summer. More


Reviews

We Disappear

We Disappear

Saddle Creek

Mar 24, 2016

Hutch Harris and crew could probably turn out new Thermals records every few years without much difficulty. It's not a backhanded compliment; Thermals records are, by and large, pretty effortlessly consistent. More

Desperate Ground

Desperate Ground

Saddle Creek

May 24, 2013

Desperate Ground, the sixth studio release from The Thermals, is a collection of short, punchy songs that balance bright pop punk against appreciably darker lyrics, while doing little to carve out the emotional drama called for by the libretto. More