Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – "Kindness be Conceived" (with Joanna Newsom)

San Francisco folk-rocker Thao Nguyen and her band The Get Down Stay Down have a sparkly new album by the name of We the Common, out February 5th. We've already heard some early tracks, "We the Common (for Valerie Bolden)" and "Holy Roller," but the latest to surface is a much-anticipated collaboration with freak-folk wunderkind Joanna Newsom (who also dwelled in the Bay Area for a time, little-known tidbit). The clip-clop acoustic tune, "Kindness be Conceived," is simplistic, lighthearted, and gorgeously harmonized (the combination of their voices is almost Feist-esque). The track seems to declare an equal mix of Nguyen and Newsom, with Thao's [...]

Thao Nguyen contributes to NPR's Snap Judgment

While she's been working a new album, Thao Nguyen has also found time to become a public radio contributor. She recently shared this story about her grandmother for NPR's program, Snap Judgment. Thao also composed the instrumentals that accompany the piece. Thao's also been touring with RadioLab, and to celebrate Public Radio Month, did this brief interview with that program's hosts, Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, while backstage before a live performance in Salt Lake City.

Recommended, 10/10-10/16: Treasure Island, Thee Oh Sees (free show), EMA, Cults

Every Monday, we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings. Treasure Island 2011 is this weekend! Night shows this week too! We'll be spending a bunch of time this week exploring the many prospective highlights of this weekend's 2011 Treasure Island Music Festival, and the fest is our top recommendation for the week. In addition to the two days on the Island, there are a bunch of [...]

Regional Bias 2010 is one week away: Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice, Man/Miracle, Exray’s @ The Verdi Club

We're now just one week away from Friday, July 23rd, when we'll be presenting our second annual fundraiser party, Regional Bias 2010, at the historic Verdi Club in San Francisco. Purchase advanced tickets to Regional Bias 2010! Regional Bias will feature musical performances by four great San Francisco Bay Area artists -- Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice, Man/Miracle, and Exray's -- as well as some great local DJs, food, and art on display. As we've said before, this isn't your typical fundraiser event. It's a celebration of independent music's vital place in Bay Area culture.

The countdown continues: two weeks until Regional Bias!

We're now just two weeks away from Friday, July 23rd, when we'll be presenting our second annual fundraiser party, Regional Bias 2010, at the historic Verdi Club in San Francisco. Purchase advanced tickets to Regional Bias 2010! Regional Bias will feature musical performances by four great San Francisco Bay Area artists -- Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice, Man/Miracle, and Exray's -- as well as some great local DJs, food, and art on display. As we've said before, this isn't your typical fundraiser event. It's a celebration of independent music's vital place in Bay Area culture. To send you into the weekend, [...]

Noise Pop 2010 Preview Mix – Part 1 (Podcast #201)

[podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Noise_Pop_2010_1.mp3[/podcast] Our latest podcast highlights ten of the great bands performing during the 2010 Noise Pop Music Festival, which kicks off on February 23rd. We'll be delivering close-to-comprehensive festival coverage over the next few weeks, so get ready for the fest with this mix. Subscribe to The Bay Bridged's podcast to get each week's new episode downloaded free to your iTunes! About the bands: Philadelphia band Free Energy's ("Hope Child") full length debut Stuck On Nothing comes out on March 9th on DFA Records. They'll be at the Rickshaw Stop with Foreign Born, The Fresh & Onlys and The Splinters [...]

Weekend Mix: 2/4-7

Thursday: Chen Santa Maria, Hiss and Hum, Brown Um @ Adobe Books (8pm) Chen Santa Maria - Live at ATA's 21st Anniversary Fundraiser Friday: Thao Nguyen with the Get Down Stay Down, The Thermals, Grass Widow @ Great American Music Hall (9pm, $17) Thao with the Get Down Stay Down - "Know Better Learn Faster" Saturday: The Lonely H, Leopold and His Fiction, The Blank Tapes @ Bottom of the Hill (10pm, $10) The Blank Tapes - "Brand New Start" Sunday: Little Wings, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Paula Frazer @ The Makeout Room [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Thao Nguyen/The Thermals

Friday, February 5th - Thao & the Get Down Stay Down co-headlining with The Thermals and Grass Widow @ Great American Music Hall The Thermals - "Now We Can See" To enter send an email to contest@thebaybridged.com with your full name and the phrase "I want to see Thao and The Thermals!" in the subject line. The TENTH person to respond will win a pair of tickets to the show! The show is at 9pm, $17/$19, 6+. Purchase advance tickets here.

Live This Month: February 2010 (Podcast #199)

[podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/February_2010_LTM.mp3[/podcast] Every month, we dedicate the first week's podcast to highlighting some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing soon in the San Francisco Bay Area. We've got eleven great bands playing some excellent shows this month, so head out and see some live music! Subscribe to The Bay Bridged's podcast to get each week's new episode downloaded free to your iTunes! About the bands: Thao with The Get Down Stay Down ("The Give [New, Improved, LIVE session]") are touring the West Coast this month. Catch Thao and The Thermals at the Great American Music Hall on February 5th [...]

Thirty-Two Great San Francisco Bay Area Albums from 2009 (Part 2)

Here's the second part of our retrospective on great Bay Area albums from 2009. Read Part 1 of this collection here. Download all 32 songs featured in these two articles here (Part 1) and here (Part 2). Sonny and the Sunsets - Tomorrow is Alright Sonny and the Sunsets - "Too Young To Burn" Grand Lake - Nevermint Grand Lake - "She's a Hater" Vetiver - Tight Knit Vetiver - "Everyday" Cryptacize - Mythomania Cryptacize - "Tail & Mane" Odawas - The Blue Depths Odawas - "Harmless Lover's Discourse" Still [...]

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