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Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

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 Alternative

    Top Alternative
    1 song

    Alternative Mix

    Alternative Mix
    1 song

    Pop Rock

    Pop Rock
    1 song

    Top Indie

    Top Indie
    4 songs

    Indie Party

    4 songs

    Indie Rock Mix

    4 songs

Albums by
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

Top Songs by
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

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

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