Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

(San Francisco)

For a decade chameleonic phenom Thao Nguyen has been a purveyor of raw, infectious songs, distinctive swagger and nimble musicianship that spans numerous albums and innumerable tours. Thao's singular voice and vision goes to new places with her latest release, the raw and rollicking and banjo-rrific We The Common, which incorporates fresh elements of political and social commentary—some of them stemming from her experiences in community outreach and inmate advocacy work in her lately adopted home of San Francisco—into her intensely personal song- writing vocabulary. Despite that, Thao's offbeat sense of humour and the sheer joy in making and playing music that buoys up her every note is still front and centre. IS

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