SXSW Music Festival

SXSW 2009: Thao With The Get Down Stay Down

Thao And The Get Down Stay Down in Concert at SXSW 3/19/09

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

When Thao Nguyen played solo at NPR's office for her Tiny Desk Concert, she had a sort of uncommon, unfettered energy that immediately made new fans. If she could captivate a bunch of a office folks with just an acoustic guitar and her sharp, exuberant voice, there's no telling what she'll conjure with her backing band, The Get Down Stay Down, at NPR Music's day party at SXSW. The band will played live in concert from The Parish in Austin, Tex., on March 19.

Nguyen's latest album, We Brave Bee Stings and All, is wide-eyed and mischievous. With a hint of vulnerability, it's the perfect album to pick apart, yet it's just as enjoyable as a summer soundtrack for chasing butterflies and sipping sweet tea on the front porch.

[+] read more[-] less

More From Rock

JD McPherson Alicia J. Rose/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Alicia J. Rose/Courtesy of the artist

Favorite Sessions

opbmusic Presents: JD McPherson

Watch the rockabilly guitarist perform "You Must Have Met Little Caroline?" at Pickathon 2015.

Tiny Desk Concert with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Julia Reihs/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Julia Reihs/NPR

Tiny Desk

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

At the Tiny Desk, Rateliff's body-shaking Southern-style soul takes on a more laid-back sound.

A still from Pill's "Hot Glue" video. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

All Songs TV

First Watch: PILL, 'Hot Glue'

The NYC post-punks get NSFW with pointy press-on nails, phallic produce and pills.

Tiny Desk Concert with Diane Coffee. Jun Tsuboike/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Jun Tsuboike/NPR

Tiny Desk

Diane Coffee

Conjuring David Bowie, Diane Coffee's Shaun Fleming swaggered and shimmied behind the Tiny Desk.

Back To Top

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor