Although the Thermals’ overtly political lyrics might be a tad too painfully reminiscent of a college open-mic night, their pop-punk hooks and guitar riffs are blessedly catchy: The Portland trio may be preaching to the choir, but that choir is sure to respond by joyfully dancing and chanting. To hear what you’re in store for tonight, listen to the band’s new single, “Born to Kill” (a nod to Full Metal Jacket), from their forthcoming Desperate Ground, a fist-pumping call to arms that’s a return to the raw, hard-driving sound they do best. Come early to hear tracks off Reasons to Live, the debut record from Amy Klein’s post-Titus Andronicus band Hilly Eye.
Thu., March 7, 8 p.m., 2013

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