Kelly Thomas is well known in local music circles for
her many benefit concerts and events, as well as releases with Second
Sister, The Tammy WhyNots and a duo album with 500 Miles to Memphis’
Ryan Malott. Now, what Thomas calls her “primary band” — Kelly Thomas and the Fabulous Pick-Ups — is finally gearing up for its debut album release.
While you're waiting for nostalgia for the '00s to kick in (remember that crazy Kanye West dude?), you can dip back to the 1990s Friday as several local musicians team up at The Mad Hatter for a musical tribute to the era that saw Hair Metal murdered by Grunge. The show is headlined by (presumably one-off) local supergroup tribute bands The Neverminds (Nirvana tribute), Butthole Son (Soundgarden), Hung Bunny (Melvins) and Bossarosa (Pixies).
The past few months have been a season of change for The Strongest Proof, culminating in the release of the band's brief but potent second Post Punk album, "Robot Eats a Steak." Guitarist Tony Roth sheared his mop of curls to a boot camp cut, frontman Matt Tomlinson moved from guitar to bass and bassist Rob Stanley moved to Oklahoma. "I'm the same," quips drummer Tony Bryant over breakfast at Newport's Pepper Pod.