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Music, Hear This Thao and the Get Down Stay Down: Show Preview

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down: Show Preview

Everyone has to start somewhere. For Thao Nguyen — leader of S.F. band Thao and the Get Down Stay Down — the point of origin was her mom's laundromat in Virginia. When she wasn't helping out customers, a tween Nguyen…
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Music, Lands Ho! The Must-See Shows and Must-Eat Foods at Outside Lands

Lands Ho! The Must-See Shows and Must-Eat Foods at Outside Lands

Read on after our music picks for Anna's food recommendations. By Ian S. Port There are nearly 90 acts on the Outside Lands lineup this year, with a spectrum of musical offerings that includes R&B, funk, rock, hip-hop, and dance…
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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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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Julio Bashmore kicked things up a notch at a special Lights Down Low at Cellspace, where the fashionable twentysomething crowd contrasted sharply with the Burner/warehouse vibes of the venue. Toward the end of the night, with the rented…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: Buddha Loves You

Video of the Day: Buddha Loves You

Fresh from an acclaimed run at the New York Fringe Festival, Thao Nguyen's solo show, Fortunate Daughter, is about her revealing her homosexuality to her parents without "coming out." The coming-out narrative, she says, "is based on a lot of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Coming Out, Coming Home

Coming Out, Coming Home

Fresh from an acclaimed run at the New York Fringe Festival, Thao Nguyen’s solo show, Fortunate Daughter, is about her revealing her homosexuality to her parents without “coming out.” The coming-out narrative, she says, “is based on a lot of…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 2/23/12: Thao Nguyen Brings Out the Badass at Bottom of the Hill

Live Review, 2/23/12: Thao Nguyen Brings Out the Badass at Bottom of the Hill

Thao Nguyen John Vanderslice Bird by Snow Garrett Pierce Thursday, Feb. 24, 2012 Bottom of the Hill Better than: Every live performance Thao has given to date. If anything is left standing at Bottom of the Hill after last…
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About the Cover: Noise Pop Artists Are Ready to Play

Photos by Amanda Lopez. To illustrate this package of stories about the 20th Anniversary of Noise Pop, SF Weekly photographed some of the local artists headlining shows at this year’s festival. The music of Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice, Sonny…
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Music, All Shook Down <i>SF Weekly</i>'s Noise Pop Issue: Here's a Guide to This Week's Cover

SF Weekly's Noise Pop Issue: Here's a Guide to This Week's Cover

To illustrate this week's package of stories about the 20th Anniversary of Noise Pop, SF Weekly photographed some of the local artists headlining shows this year's festival. The music of Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice, Sonny Smith (of Sonny &…
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Music, Hear This Thao and Mirah: Show Preview

Thao and Mirah: Show Preview

It wasn't entirely obvious that pairing the considerable talents of Bay Area singer-songwriters Thao Nguyen and Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn would lead to something special. But Thao and Mirah — the album they made after playing and writing together on…
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Music, All Shook Down Download Three SXSF Mixtapes From The Bay Bridged

Download Three SXSF Mixtapes From The Bay Bridged

Feeling bummed because you're not in Austin right now for SXSW? Buck up, young modern. As our fearless leader Ian S. Port has already discovered, you "pretty much can't spit in Austin" without hitting an act, or a festivalgoer, from…
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Music, All Shook Down Thao and Mirah Perform at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp Benefit This Friday

Thao and Mirah Perform at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp Benefit This Friday

You may not know Chixx Mixx or Poison Apple Pie by name, but they're bands formed by Bay Area tween and teen girls, and they don't sound like what you might be picturing. As much as we all would like to…
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Music, All Shook Down Thao and Mirah Announce Details of New Collaboration Album

Thao and Mirah Announce Details of New Collaboration Album

We told you back in July that Bay Area local Thao (of Get Down Stay Down fame) and Pacific Northwesterner Mirah (of general indie whimsy fame) are working on an album together after touring with each other. Well, details are out kids:…
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Music, All Shook Down Thao Gets Down and Stays Down with Mirah: New Album in the Works

Thao Gets Down and Stays Down with Mirah: New Album in the Works

How apropos: Indie singer-songwriter-guitarist who only goes by her first name meets other indie singer-songwriter-guitarist who only goes by her first name. They go on tour -- and then decide to record an album together.Yes: What began as a single…
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Music, All Shook Down Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice Hit The Bay Bridged's Regional Bias Party on Friday: A Reminder

Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice Hit The Bay Bridged's Regional Bias Party on Friday: A Reminder

You most likely already know about the Bay Bridged, dear local music fan, so you may know also about its annual Regional Bias fundraiser. But allow us to remind you: Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice, Man/Miracle and Exray's are performing this…
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Calendar, Night&Day One at a Time

One at a Time

June in San Francisco: As our residents hoist rainbow flags aloft, tether ball gags to studded belts, and crack open new tubs of lube, numerous visual artists gear up to Express Themselves. These homosexual thinkers and feelers bring us their…
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Calendar, Night&Day Alone, Together

Alone, Together

In Love Humiliation & Karaoke, Enzo Lombard tells a lovely story about riding the bus near the Civic Center farmer’s market. He watches one man beat another with a sack of potatoes. He watches a woman try to board with…
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Calendar, Night&Day Go Out There and Kill

Go Out There and Kill

Comedy about suicide is so rare. Oh, sure, you've got your jokers in the comments on SFGate, but they're not funny. Paolo Sambrano brings it, though. As part of the two-day stage show "On the Periphery of Love," Sambrano mines…
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Music, Thao Nguyen and the Get Down Stay Down give breakups a pop beat

Thao Nguyen and the Get Down Stay Down give breakups a pop beat

It's said that necessity is the mother of invention. Adversity may then be the father, that uncompromising taskmaster whose coaching you don't appreciate until later. One recent example of the latter: indie rocker Thao Nguyen, whose romantic breakup drives Know…
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