Caught the Thermals tonight at the newly renovated Echo Plex downtairs at the Echo. It was my first time downstairs and it's quite a big venue. It's easily twice as big as upstairs and the soundsystem is terrific.
The band was awesome, rifling through their rapid-fire songs. They hit their stride early and kept it up, peaking at the end with the back-to-back combination of "A Pillar of Salt" and "Returning to the Fold."
The highlight of the evening, though, was the brownie I split with Liz and Erica at the Brite Spot. Topped with ice cream, it was one of the best brownies I've had. Chewy yet firm, sweet but not unbearably so, the brownie was certainly worth the extra calories. I ordered the soy chicken fried steak, which actually was delicious. Liz and Erica loved our adorable elderly waitress.