Thelma and the Sleaze / Photo by Fally Afani

If you ever get the chance to see Thelma and the Sleaze, know that you’ll get their best show possible each time. One of the poorest attended shows of the year happened to also be one of the best we’ve seen by far this year because of their dedication to rock and roll. Thelma and the Sleaze gave a hardcore lesson in how to keep the momentum high on one of those rare quiet nights on tour.

Thelma and the Sleaze / Photo by Fally Afani

If you like songs about vaginas, cars, and hating Donald Trump, this is the perfect band for you. It also helps if you’re really into all-female queer bands and southern rock. Despite the cozier audience at the Bottleneck, they turned it up to 11 and rocked out for a full set and then some. In return, fans got a full dose of southern grit, and one of the meanest guitar solos we’ve ever seen (several times over). They began the night with a tribute to the late Tina Turner, but ended it with everyone wanting more.

Lawrence’s Mellowphobia, who’ve also been turning up the rock and roll in their sets steadily over the last year, opened. Photos below.



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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