SXSW 2009: Thao With The Get Down Stay Down Thao Nguyen and her backing band, The Get Down Stay Down, make mixing indie-pop and folk sound easy. Nguyen's exuberant voice filled NPR's offices this past September and christened its SXSW showcase.
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Thao And The Get Down Stay Down in Concert at SXSW 3/19/09

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SXSW 2009: Thao With The Get Down Stay Down

SXSW 2009: Thao With The Get Down Stay Down

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

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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.