Thelma and the Sleaze

Nashville's Thelma and the Sleaze will play Bend's Silver Moon Brewing on Wednesday, June 12.

It’s known for country music, but for the past decade or so, Nashville has become one of the country’s real hotspots for punk, indie rock and other styles of underground music.

One of the bands to come out of that scene is Thelma and the Sleaze, an all-female combo that describes itself both as “Surreal RNR” as well as “The Greatest DIY Queer Southern Rock Band of all time.” And who am I to disagree?

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Ben Salmon is a Bend-based music journalist and host of Left Of The Dial, which airs 8-10 p.m. Thursdays on KPOV, 88.9 FM and streams at . You can find him on Bandcamp and X at @bcsalmon.

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