The Thermals Tear Up Three Nights
Never ones to shy away from a wild night out, The Thermals had three in town over the past week. The Portland band returned to their three-piece roots this time through, hitting up Bowery Ballroom on Friday and Saturday and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday. The band consistently brings out some of the best crowds the city has to offer and encourages them to let loose. The crowd banged around to a rapid fire set of songs from their latest, Now We Can See, as well as what has become quite an impressive back catalog of tunes. Friday night's Bowery crowd started getting so rowdy (there was nearly a fistfight in the mosh pit) that bass player Kathy Foster had to check in that everyone was all right and threatened, "Don't make us go Fugazi on you guys." While Foster played the show barefoot, singer Hutch Harris showed the dapper side of pop-punk, sweating through the sets in a full suit (before treating fans to some shirts-off time in the encore). It's nice to see a band that revels in the intimacy of a small room to stretch out a run like this, rather than settling for one, big, impersonal gig.

Music in The Oval Steps it Up
Stuy Town has made no effort to hide that they're looking for hip, young tenants to fill the acres of apartments within the complex. What better way to boost your cred (and tick off the old fogies) than to put on a couple of rock shows? The Music On the Oval concert series will return once again this year, and they've done a pretty solid job booking the place. Budos Band, Kaki King, Jay Reatard and others will perform early evening sets at the Stuy Centerpiece every Wednesday starting June 10th. The shows are open to the public, and will feature DJ sets book-ending the live tunes.

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