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Music, In Praise of Songs That Aren't About Their Singers

In Praise of Songs That Aren't About Their Singers

She stood alone onstage, armed with only a banjo, and played a blues so hard it hurt. This was Thao Nguyen — sans backing band the Get Down Stay Down on this Sunday night at Public Works — scraping through…
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Music, Jailed Heart: Thao Nguyen Finds Inspiration in Prison

Jailed Heart: Thao Nguyen Finds Inspiration in Prison

Last February, just minutes after taking off her jewelry, handing over her Social Security number, and removing her bra, Thao Nguyen found the inspiration for her new album, We the Common. The setting was Valley State Prison for Women, an…
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