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Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

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Thao & the Get Down Stay Down is an indie pop band led by the distinctive-voiced Thao Nguyen, whose songwriting tends toward the musically playful and lyrically heavy-hearted. Raised in the City of Falls Church, Virginia, Nguyen took up the guitar and songwriting as a pre-teen, and was part of a country-pop duo in high school. In 2005, she released a solo album, Like the Linen, which revealed her somewhat raspy, punky voice and folky indie pop style. She subsequently collaborated on a single with tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus under the name Merrillthaocracy, and formed Thao & the Get Down Stay Down with Like the Linen producer Frank Stewart and her fellow College of William and Mary students Adam and Willis Thompson (no relation) in 2006. The band enlisted Tucker Martine (Mudhoney, the Decemberists) to produce We Brave Bee Stings, released on the Kill Rock Stars label in 2008. It was followed by a Nguyen solo collaboration with labelmates Portland Cello Project and Justin Power called The Thao & Justin Power Sessions, and then a second Thao & the Get Down Stay Down album, Know Better Learn Faster, both in 2009. The latter was made without Stewart but featured guests including Andrew Bird and Jenny Conlee (the Decemberists). Having relocated to San Francisco, Nguyen released the 2011 album Thao & Mirah, a project with her singer/songwriter friend Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn that was co-produced by Garbus. Marking her main band's move to Ribbon Music, another Get Down Stay Down album, We the Common, followed in 2013, this time without Willis Thompson. It was produced by John Congleton and again involved several guests, including Midlake's Paul Alexander and McKenzie Smith. With official membership down to Nguyen and Adam Thompson, the group's nonetheless especially muscular fourth album, Man Alive, was produced by Merrill Garbus. It arrived via Ribbon Music in March 2016. ~ Marcy Donelson
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Stations Featuring
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

    Top Indie

    Top Indie
    4 songs

    Indie Rock Mix

    Indie Rock Mix
    4 songs

    Indie Party

    Indie Party
    4 songs

    Top Alternative

    Top Alternative
    1 song

    Alternative Mix

    1 song

    Pop Rock

    1 song

Albums by
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

Top Songs by
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Holy Roller
  3.   When We Swam
  4.   Swimming Pools by Get Down Stay Down
  5.   We the Common
  6.   Astonished Man
  7.   Know Better Learn Faster
  8.   Bag of Hammers by Get Down Stay Down
  9.   Nobody Dies
  10.   Yes, So on and So On by Get Down Stay Down
  11.   Oh. No.
  12.   City
  13.   Hand to God
  14.   Feet Asleep by Get Down Stay Down
  15.   Age of Ice
  16.   Good Bye Good Luck
  17.   Give Me Peace
  18.   But What of the Strangers
  19.   Fool Forever
  20.   Guts
  21.   The Evening
  22.   With A Girl Like You
  23.   Trouble Was For
  24.   Clouds for Brains
  25.   Brand New Key
  26.   Beat (Health, Life and Fire) by Get Down Stay Down
  27.   Slash/Burn
  28.   Nobody Wants a Lonely Heart
  29.   We Go by Get Down Stay Down
  30.   Big Kid Table by Get Down Stay Down
  31.   Easy
  32.   Fear and Convenience by Get Down Stay Down
  33.   If You Were Mine
  34.   Human Heart
  35.   The Feeling Kind
  36.   The Give
  37.   Travel by Get Down Stay Down
  38.   Geography by Get Down Stay Down
  39.   Meticulous Bird
  40.   You Can Have It All
  41.   Cool Yourself
  42.   Nobody Wants A Lonley Heart
  43.   Body
  44.   Departure
  45.   Endless Love
  46.   Burn You Up
  47.   Kindness Be Conceived
  48.   Violet by Get Down Stay Down
  49.   We Don't Call
  50.   Fixed It!
  51.   The Day Long
  52.   The Clap
  53.   Every Body
  54.   Move
  55.   Millionaire

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