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

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Thao and The Get Down Stay Down performing at The Parish in Austin, Texas.

SXSW 2009: Thao With The Get Down Stay Down

March 19, 2009 Thao Nguyen and her backing band, The Get Down Stay Down, make mixing indie-pop and folk sound easy. Nguyen's exuberant voice filled up NPR's offices this past September, and christened its SXSW showcase at The Parish in Austin, Tex., on March 19.

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.

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