Mississippi Studios North
Sat., May 23, 9 p.m. 2015 21+
Before the Thermals stormed out of the gates in 2003 with the lo-fi, indie-punk classic More Parts Per Million, guitarist Hutch Harris and bassist Kathy Foster established a foundation as a duo under the moniker of Hutch and Kathy. The pair's only release, a 2002 eponymous album, was reissued by Jealous Butcher Records for this year's Record Store Day, and Hutch and Kathy are hitting the road to revisit the endearing, oft-overlooked piece of Thermals' history. The album works as a perfect precursor to the body of work Harris and Foster have built over the years, serving up some heart-on-sleeve, melodic folk-pop that showcases the pair's undeniable chemistry through some raw yet elegant vocal harmonies. Tonight, Hutch and Kathy are joined by the playful and sincere songwriter Allie Goertz, as well as Jenn Ghetto's S, whose 2014 album, Cool Choices, is a vulnerable and intimate shot delivered straight through the heart. CHIPP TERWILLIGER Also see My, What a Busy Week!