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Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down is an indie pop band led by the distinctive-voiced Thao Nguyen, whose songwriting tends toward the musically playful and lyrically heavy-hearted. Raised in the City of Falls Church, Virginia, Nguyen took up the guitar and songwriting as a pre-teen, and was part of a country-pop duo in high school. In 2005, she released a solo album, Like the Linen, which revealed her somewhat raspy, punky voice and folky indie pop style. She subsequently collaborated on a single with tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus under the name Merrillthaocracy, and formed Thao & the Get Down Stay Down with Like the Linen producer Frank Stewart and her fellow College of William and Mary students Adam and Willis Thompson (no relation) in 2006. The band enlisted Tucker Martine (Mudhoney, the Decemberists) to produce We Brave Bee Stings, released on the Kill Rock Stars label in 2008. It was followed by a Nguyen solo collaboration with labelmates Portland Cello Project and Justin Power called The Thao & Justin Power Sessions, and then a second Thao & the Get Down Stay Down album, Know Better Learn Faster, both in 2009. The latter was made without Stewart but featured guests including Andrew Bird and Jenny Conlee (the Decemberists). Having relocated to San Francisco, Nguyen released the 2011 album Thao & Mirah, a project with her singer/songwriter friend Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn that was co-produced by Garbus. Marking her main band's move to Ribbon Music, another Get Down Stay Down album, We the Common, followed in 2013, this time without Willis Thompson. It was produced by John Congleton and again involved several guests, including Midlake's Paul Alexander and McKenzie Smith. With official membership down to Nguyen and Adam Thompson, the group's nonetheless especially muscular fourth album, Man Alive, was produced by Merrill Garbus. It arrived via Ribbon Music in March 2016. ~ Marcy Donelson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: We The Common

1. We The Common (For Valerie Bolden)

2. City

3. We Don't Call

4. The Feeling Kind

5. Holy Roller

6. Kindness Be Conceived

7. The Day Long

8. Every Body

9. Move

10. Clouds For Brains

11. Human Heart

12. Age Of Ice

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Track List: Know Better Learn Faster

1. The Clap

2. Cool Yourself

3. When We Swam

4. Know Better Learn Faster

5. Body

6. The Give

7. Good Bye Goodluck

8. Trouble Was For

9. Oh No

10. Fixed

11. Burn You Up

12. But What Of The Strangers

13. Easy

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Track List: A Man Alive

1. Astonished Man

2. SlashBurn

3. The Evening

4. Departure

5. Nobody Dies

6. Guts

7. Fool Forever

8. Millionaire

9. Meticulous Bird

10. Give Me Peace

11. Hand To God

12. Endless Love

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Track List: Holy Roller (Single)

1. Holy Roller

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Track List: Pandora Sessions: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

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Track List: There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly (Single)

1. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly

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Just finished seeing you play on PBS AustinCity limits! Awesome! Just added yoy to my Pandora playlist!
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j144174
Move
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jonreth
Way better live! Too bad in think albums don't do her justice.
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periquito196 5
I love this band :D
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My favorite :D
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woolkarma
It's pretty good
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Digging this!! ❌❤❌❤
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They forgot to mention her 2009 album in the bio....eithe r way, Thao continues to make entirely likable music. Her sound is her own. A star to follow.
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rickj.nospam
Great lyrics, great voice, and some pretty cool guitar work. A true orginal. Hard to peg them into any one category. I've seen them live too, and she puts on a great show.
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saw them in ft. worth, incredible live show! i hear the new album is pretty good.
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Officially LOVE them.
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I just saw thao in a small festival in the mountains in Idaho. Sawtooth Music Festival. She is an amazing performer. Also had a chance to hang out with her after the show and a great person all around. Good job Thao. Hope my Nephews did a good job as your "security"
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tristancloy
ps. i was only half-joking when i said was joking.
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tristancloy
marry me, thao nguyen, you are truly a heavenly deity....eve r y woman out there should take a page out of your book.
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great band
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probo360
very passionate exceptional voice.
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One of my favorites! Her voice is wonderful and guitar is great

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