ACL Fest Band of the Day: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 12, 2013
From: Falls Church, Va./San Francisco, Calif.
ACL Fest set: 1:30 p.m. Friday, Bud Light
In just over 50 words: Jangly-folk chanteuse Thao Nguyen makes gentle ditties fit for a travelin’ wagon show, and this year’s We the Common showcases a patchwork quilt sound (banjo! horns! electric shreds!) and Nguyen’s jazzy vocals. The bohemian packaging hides some catchy, feel-good hooks, too, particularly on the title track and “Holy Roller.”
Could share a bill with: Kimya Dawson, Fiona Apple, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Regina Spektor
Famous friends: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down toured the country with popular NPR program Radiolab, and “Glee” actress Dianna Agron, a friend of Nguyen’s, directed the video for “Body.”