Cuts of the Week

The five must-hear songs from Portland artists this week.

hutch and kathy

Each week, LocalCut collects the best new Portland music and puts it all in one place for you, the faithful reader, to enjoy. It's like The Week In Rock, with less Tabitha Soren. 1. Mic Capes, “Razor Tongue” All right, so this song, from Resistance rapper Mic Capes, actually dropped a few months ago, but it’s worth mentioning now for two reasons: 1) It’s got a gritty new video, and ...   More
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

The Thermals: The Video Game!

The Portland punk band releases a video game set to "The Sword By My Side."


The hall of musicians who've inspired video games is short but illustrious. Michael Jackson. Motley Crue. Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Kriss Kross. PaRappa the Rapper. And now, Portland's own Thermals. The power-punk luminaries have released a single-level, 16-bit online game called The Sword By My Side, which essentially serves as a music video for the song of the same name, from this year's Desperate ...   More
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Flashback: Backspace

Music Stories
For its first four years, Backspace was just a tiny Old Town coffee shop frequented primarily by Internet gamers. Then, in November 2007, the Thermals asked to play a free show there. We asked o   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Upper Extremities #51: Leave Home


By the time you read this, I will be in Los Angeles. I think I’m going to stay there a while. So this marks the end of my 13-month attempt to keep tabs on Portland punk rock. My first impulse was to write a long essay about how fucking punk my navel is, but I’ve done a lot of that since last August, and rest assured my self-involvement comes into play plenty in the appreciations that follow. Instead ...   More
Thursday, September 13, 2012 CHRIS STAMM

The MusicfestNW Diaries 2011: Friday

Teens take the Roseland.


Day three of our five-day MFNW blog, and we're finally getting into the thick of things: big acts, big crowds, and, inevitably today, big hangovers.--- Today’s contributors, in order of appearance: Chris Stamm, Matthew P Singer, Ruth Brown, Arya Imig, Maggie Summers, Robert Ham, Nathan Carson, Mark Stock, Reed Jackson, Nikki Volpicelli, Devan Cook.10:30 am @ Doug Fir A rather long line for this ...   More
Saturday, September 10, 2011 WW MUSIC STAFF

Top Five Great Songs of Dissent Written Since 9/11

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The Thermals, “Power Doesn’t Run on Nothing” I wish Hutch Harris had been my American history teacher. “Our power doesn’t run on nothing,” he sings. “It runs on blood/ And blood is eas   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Wanna Stalk the Thermals? Look Here!


Anyone who lives in Portland already knows where the Thermals like to hang out -- I've randomly seen bassist Kathy Foster at different spots around town more times than I've ever unexpectedly run into my actual friends. For outsiders thinking of coming here and creepily staring at the members of the power-punk trio while they're out and about, the band made it really easy to do so by revealing their ...   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "Tiny Hands," Forbidden Friends (a.k.a. Hutch Harris)

forbidden friends

Uh, where the hell in Portland does Hutch Harris live? On the new single from the Thermals frontman's solo project Forbidden Friends, released to the Internet today through Kill Rock Stars and Pitchfork, Harris claims to reside on a quiet street "where the temperature is always 75 degrees" and it never rains. It must be the same place where Isaac Brock, the Decemberists and all the city's other uber-successful ...   More
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Tuesday Video Special! New Clips From Starfucker and the Thermals


Is it a rule that the best multimedia content always comes in on Tuesday morning? I have to admit, it's nice to wake up and find good stuff like this in my inbox and on the Internet. These two videos are notable for two reasons: 1) Starfucker plays a brand new song (the sugar-coated electropop romp "Mystery Cloud") in its freakin' basement and 2) The Thermals got Lance Bangs to direct a music video ...   More
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER


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