Review + Photos: Thao Nguyen plays solo career retrospective at the Chapel

Thao Nguyen (photo: Ian Young) Words by Mark Spero At The Chapel on Wednesday March 15, Thao Nguyen, of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, told the crowd she had embarked on a solo tour, a “career retrospective” that “nobody had asked for,” but she wanted to play some songs “by [herself], about [herself].”  This was met with raucous applause from the sold out crowd.  Thao has called San Francisco home for the past eleven years, and leaving her band behind for this show made for an intimate yet truly rock and roll experience for the hometown crowd. The night [...]

By |March 17, 2017|Tags: , |

Enter to win tickets to The Decemberists on New Year’s Eve

The long-standing bookish indie rock nerds The Decemberists and local songwriter Thao & The Get Down Stay Down have joined forces to put together a great New Year's Eve show on 12/31. Lucky for you we're giving away a pair of tickets. Learn how to enter below and get ready to celebrate 2016 with "16 military wives".* To enter for a chance to win tickets to see The Decemberists at the Masonic, email with “Decemberists” in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. A winner will be selected at random and notified via [...]

By |December 22, 2015|Tags: , |

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.

Noise Pop 2012: Thursday Preview

Date: Thursday, February 22nd Number of Noise Pop Shows: 10 shows, 32 bands Already Sold-Out: Oh boy, several shows on Thursday have already reached their maximum. And frankly, we're not surprised. Here's the full list of sold out shows, in case you plan to try and beg, borrow, or steal your way in: The Bottom of the Hill local showcase featuring Thao and John Vanderslice as co-headliners, with Garrett Pierce and Bird By Snow opening, presented by SF Sketchfest. Budos Band with Allah-Las, Pickwick, and Big Tree at the Independent. Built to Spill with Sister Crayon at the Fillmore. Sleigh [...]

Mixtape: Twenty Years of Noise Pop (Podcast #269)

Mixtape: Twenty Years of Noise Pop (Podcast #269) In February, the Noise Pop Music Festival turns twenty by gathering over one hundred local and touring bands from across the indie spectrum for a week of exciting concerts all over the City. Two decades of championing independent music is an accomplishment worth celebrating, and this mixtape collects twenty bands that have performed at Noise Pop events in years past. As you'll hear, a whole bunch of big names graced Noise Pop bills before achieving fame, as past festivals hosted early performances by bands like Spoon, Death Cab for Cutie and Mates [...]

Thao & Mirah head on tour, at the New Parish on 5/3/11

Thao & Mirah - "Eleven [ft. tUnE-yaRds]" Thao & Mirah, the album, comes out on April 26, and Thao and Mirah, the musicians, are heading on a West Coast tour shortly thereafter. Locally, they'll be performing at The New Parish on May 3rd (9pm, $15, All Ages). Grab your tickets here. Full dates below. 05/01 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour 05/02 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho 05/03 - Oakland, CA @ The New Parish 05/05 - Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore 05/06 - Bellingham, WA @ Western Washington University 05/07 - Seattle, WA @ Crocodile 05/08 - Portland, [...]

Scenes from the 2011 Bay Area Girls Rock Camp Art Auction, with Thao & Mirah

The Bay Area Girls Rock Camp serves a great purpose: empowering young girls through music. On Friday 2/4/11, it appeared that many others agreed with this idea, as the organization's 2011 Art Auction saw a significant and energetic turnout. The evening's performers, Thao and Mirah, put on a fantastic performance, and were also truly happy to be there, praising the organization's efforts several times over the course of the evening. And in an unusual turn of events, someone threw a toothbrush onto the stage during Thao and Mirah's set. In lieu of laughing it off or tossing it aside, Thao [...]

Repost: At long last, Thao & Mirah, the album

Here's a never-before-seen video interview with Thao and Mirah, shot during last year's Noise Pop, where the duo discussed their collaboration and mentioned the plan to record an album together. Interview/Live: Thao & Mirah (Kill Rock Stars) @ Noise Pop 2010 from The Bay Bridged on Vimeo. We've known about this collaboration for awhile. There was a Noise Pop 2010 show. There was a tour. There was a beautiful Yours Truly video. There was promise of recorded works from the duo with some help from tUnE-yArDs at a local recording studio. And now, the Thao & Mirah collaborative album is [...]

By |January 25, 2011|Tags: , , |
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