photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Westin from The Thermals running into the crowd
BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 15th, 2013

The Thermals played some NYC shows earlier this month including a sweaty, partially nude show at 285 Kent, and then made their way to Austin for SXSW where they played a number of shows, including a great set at the BrooklynVegan Friday day party. We already posted some pictures from that party, and you can check out another set of pictures of The Thermals in this post.

They used their recent shows to preview material off of their new album, Desperate Ground (due out 4/17 via Saddle Creek). Those new songs sounded great at the shows but now we'll get a chance to see The Thermals after getting to know the new songs, because they've just announced a tour which kicks off in in their hometown of Portland on April 20 and continues through the US and Canada into June. The tour hits NYC for a two-night run at Bowery Ballroom on May 28 and 29. Tickets for both nights go on sale Friday, March 29 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/27) at noon.

The Thermals also just premiered the video for Desperate Ground single, "Born to Kill" over at Stereogum, and you can watch it, along with more pictures from SXSW, and all tour dates listed below...

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BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 15th, 2013

BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 15th, 2013

BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 15th, 2013

BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 15th, 2013

BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 15th, 2013

BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 15th, 2013

BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 15th, 2013

BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 15th, 2013

BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 15th, 2013

BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 15th, 2013

BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 15th, 2013

BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 15th, 2013

BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 15th, 2013

BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 15th, 2013

BV Day Party @ The Main & Jr, March 15th, 2013

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The Thermals - "Born to Kill" Official Video

The Thermals -- 2013 Tour Dates
4/20 - Portland, OR @ Branx
4/25 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
4/26 - Vancouver, BC @ Fortune
4/27 - Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
5/10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
5/11 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
5/13 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
5/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
5/16 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
5/18 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
5/21 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe
5/22 - Montrreal, QC @ Il Motore
5/23 - Boston, MA @ Sinclair
5/24 - New Haven, CT @ Space
5/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
5/28 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
5/29 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
5/30 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
5/31 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
6/1 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn

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