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10 Best Songs of the Week: Silverbacks, The Dears, Jess Williamson, Gayngs, and More

Plus Nick Hakim, The 1975, Moses Sumney, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 15, 2020

Welcome to the nineteenth Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s another week under quarantine, the same as the last week. Not much has changed, except that more and more people seem to think it’s a good idea to get back to normal, but a return to anything close to the pre-pandemic society seems a long way off. More

May 11, 2020

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, the band led by Thao Nguyen, are releasing a new album, Temple, this Friday via Ribbon Music. Now they have shared another song from it, “Pure Cinema,” via a video for the track.  More

11 Best Songs of the Week: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Andrew Bird, Nick Hakim, and More

Plus Jess Williamson, EOB, The 1975 and Phoebe Bridgers, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 03, 2020

Welcome to the thirteenth Songs of the Week of 2020. While more album release dates were pushed back due to COVID-19 and it seems we haven’t reached the peak number of coronavirus cases in America yet, none of that stopped artists from sharing a whole lot of new songs this week.  More

Apr 03, 2020

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, the band led by Thao Nguyen, are releasing a new album, Temple, on May 15 via Ribbon Music. Now they have shared another new song from the album, “Phenom,” via a video that was shot via the Zoom video conferencing app and features Nguyen and various dancers from their homes.  More

10 Best Songs of the Week: The Dears, Yves Tumor, Deradoorian, and More

Plus Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Vundabar, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 13, 2020

Welcome to the tenth Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s been a scary week thanks to the COVID-19 coronavirus, which meant the postponement of Coachella, Record Story Day, various movie releases, sporting events, and more, as well as school closings and a stock market crash.  More

Mar 11, 2020

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, the band led by Thao Nguyen, have announced a new album, Temple, and shared its first single, title track "Temple," via a video for the track. More

Listen: Thao Shares New Anti-Donald Trump Song – “Before You Vote”

Part of the Anti-Trump “30 Days, 30 Songs” Project

Oct 17, 2016

Thao Nguyen of Thao and the Get Down Stay Down has shared a brand new song, "Before You Vote," that is a clear statement against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The song is part of the "30 Days, 30 Songs" anti-Donald Trump campaign put together by author/publisher Dave Eggers and Death Cab for Cutie manager Jordan Kurland. "Before You Vote" questions why anyone would vote for Trump and is accompanied by a lyric video that features the lyrics on top of a portrait of the Donald.  More

Apr 28, 2016

When we asked Thao Nguyen of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down to take part in one of our recurring guest blog series, instead she decided to pen a more personal piece about the inspiration behind the band's new album, A Man Alive, which came out last month via Ribbon Music.  More

Oct 08, 2013

Video: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “Holy Roller” Video

We the Common is Out Now Via Ribbon Music

May 23, 2013

Thao Nguyen and her pals get all mixed up in the video for “Holy Roller,” a cut from her most recent album We the CommonMore

Feb 28, 2013

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down aired their sense of humor on the video “Fruit of My Labor” a cut from their recent released album, We the Common More

Jan 24, 2013

On February 5, Thao Nguyen (along with her band The Get Down Stay Down) will release new album, We the CommonMore

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down Announce Tour Dates

New Album We The Common Out Feb. 5

Dec 03, 2012

Recently announcing the arrival of their newest album We The Common Thao & the Get Down Stay Down have scheduled themselves an extensive tour through North America starting in March in support of the record. More

Oct 25, 2012

On February 5, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down will release new album We The Common. More

Thao & Mirah Add Tour Dates

Debut Album Due Out April 26

Mar 29, 2011

Earlier this month, we reported the dates for Thao & Mirah's West Coast tour. Luckily, the songstresses have decided to head east. We have the added dates. More

Thao and Mirah Team Up For Joint Album

Due April 26 on Kill Rock Stars

Jan 25, 2011

On April 26, Thao and Mirah test the theory that two heads are better than one when they team up for their debut self-titled album.  More


Thao & The Get Down Stay Down on “Temple” and Life Under Quarantine

Growing a New Record and Garden In a Lifeless Time

Jun 01, 2020

Thao Nguyen, founder and leader of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, has recently released her fifth album with the group, Temple, on Ribbon Music. The daughter of Vietnamese refugees, Nguyen began writing songs at an early age in Northern Virginia. Her first album with the band was 2008’s We Brave Bee Stings And All. Nguyen has slowly revealed more of herself through her songs, leading up to 2016’s A Man Alive, which focused on her absentee father. More




Ribbon Music

May 28, 2020

As someone who is clearly well connected with her thoughts, there’s no doubt that Thao Nguyen will sense the irony surrounding the release of her band’s fifth album, Temple. At a time where it’s verboten to do so, Nguyen decides it’s time to get up close and personal with her listeners. More

We the Common

We the Common

Ribbon Music

Feb 06, 2013

Thao Nguyen and her backing band return with something bigger and better here, after Nguyen spent a year settling down and building a non-transient life in San Francisco. The album title speaks directly to her experience of becoming part of a community and doing her part. Also implied is an artistic leap beyond that geographic or cultural adjustment, from more stylistic pursuits to introspective, life-revealing stuff. More

Know Better Learn Faster

Know Better Learn Faster

Kill Rock Stars

Nov 06, 2009

Know Better Learn Faster, the sophomore LP from Thao With The Get Down Stay Down, begins with the lively chant of "If this is how you want it, OK, OK" with clapping behind it. It's a perfect intro to this break-up record: a warning to watch out because what's coming next is not going to be pretty. More