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ACL Fest Band of the Day: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

Eric Webb

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.”