Posted in music | pictures on June 3, 2008

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Thao Nguyen

Nguyen is raspy and jarring where Lewis is sweet and graceful, and her energetic, slightly manic performance definitely left an impression on the crowd. Extra kudos go to Thao's backing band, The Get Down Stay Down, for replacing almost an entire percussion section with really enthusiastic clapping and the best use of mariachis I've seen since grade four music class. [a review of last week's Toronto show]
TWTGDSD played their first of three NYC shows last night (June 2, 2008). It was opening for Rilo Kiley at Terminal 5. They do it again tonight (June 3). Wednesday they play their own show at Mercury Lounge. More pictures below....

Thao Nguyen

Thao Nguyen

Thao Nguyen

Thao Nguyen

Thao Nguyen

Thao Nguyen

Thao Nguyen

Thao Nguyen

All tour dates HERE.

Rilo Kiley pictures HERE.

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Comments (14)

Her set was fantastic, despite the chatty crowd. SHe's awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 11:06 AM

What time does Thao go on tonight?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 11:23 AM

Set times last night were 7:30, Thao 8:15, RK 9:15 (I think).

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 11:55 AM

she really is great. chatty? it was amazing how much talking was going on.

Posted by ROCK STARchitect | June 3, 2008 12:08 PM

she's fantastic. I wish I had been able to see her.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 12:09 PM

What an unwieldly name for a band. I say we refer to them as just Thao Nguyen, period.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 12:24 PM

Yeah people always confuse her with my band, Bao and the Sit Down Stand Up.

Posted by Bao | June 3, 2008 12:29 PM

nice bao.

Posted by kyle | June 3, 2008 12:34 PM

Get Down Stay Down
Sit Down Stand Up
Get in Sit Down Shut Up
Clap Your Hands Sit Down Shut Down Stay Up

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 12:34 PM

I think she dropped the Nguyen for the second album.

Slayed Barden's in London with only a drummer.

Posted by whatlofi | June 3, 2008 1:05 PM

i'm amazed that nobody's mentioned yet in the comments for this post how damn attractive she is. i guess their needs to be a first for everything, so there ya go.

Posted by howard p. flochango | June 3, 2008 1:58 PM

she's so adorable! even moreso live

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2008 12:09 AM

BONER

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2008 12:01 PM

I though it was an interesting performance, and unique sounding guitar style - strumming with lead thrown in. But it quickly became annoying... (is that the only style she can do?) Was it just me? Was it just that it was Terminal 5? I also thought her voiced ripped-off Cat Power. But overall kind of alright.

By the way, re: Terminal 5 - it was my first show there, I was told best to go to the balconies, but people were already around the edges, and the sound is horrible there. Best to go to the floor where you can see and hear acceptably if you're in the front to middle. Overall, not a good venue though. Bowery Ballroom kicks its ass. And to all those people tapping me on the shoulder, saying excuse me, trying to push in front of me ... who do you think you are?

Posted by special monkey | June 4, 2008 12:19 PM

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