Giveaway: Thao Nguyen at The Chapel

Thao Nguyen, I often like to say, is the best reason to stay in San Francisco. Nguyen has been playing music in the city since 2009, and her onstage charisma, unstoppable shreds, and dedicated, compelling lyrics have made her a fundamental part of the Bay Area's music scene. A champion for independent artists and incarcerated women, Nguyen's voice in the SF arts scene is unique and needed. Nguyen's band, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, released their last album, A Man Alive in 2016. The album is fantastic in its production, in its composition, and in its tight and personal lyrics. Meticulously [...]

Is the San Francisco music scene dead? We search for clues.

Hot Flash Heat Wave at the Rickshaw Stop, January 31, 2016 I recently heard the music scene in San Francisco was dead, and being a writer for a website dedicated to covering the music scene in San Francisco, I was obviously a little concerned. To get to the bottom of this, I went out to find some comments from some members on the scene. But man, it was kind of difficult. I thought I'd start with Chuck Prophet, who at this point should be considered one of the deans of the SF scene (if it still exists). Unfortunately, [...]

Phono del Sol: A Very Brief, Very Fluffy Interview with Thao Nguyen

How do we love Thao Nguyen? Let us count the ways. From her stellar sense of folk-pop to her recent forays into social work, the fearless songwriter and NPR darling has earned her rightful place as the reigning queen of San Francisco's indie scene. A tireless touring act, she fills her summers with festivals—this year including the likes of Bonnaroo and Newport Folk—and we're so glad to be one of them. In anticipation of her headlining spot at this year's Phono del Sol, we caught up with her on a rare return home to San Francisco before heading back out [...]

Live This Month: August 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #311)

Live This Month: August 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #311) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can't talk about Bay Area concerts in August without acknowledging the biggest of them all, the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, which returns to Golden Gate Park from August 9-11. The festival is sold out, and with good reason: the lineup offers everything from Paul McCartney and Nine Inch Nails to King Tuff and local bands like [...]

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