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We are packing up the astronaut ice cream and post card stamps- headed out on tour to see you. New record, different line up, more mature decision making.

I can't wait to share new songs with you and relive the old ones.

You: can you play that song you wrote?!
Me: I would love to... do you mind reminding me of the lyrics?
You: Give me my money back.

end scene.

Truly excited to be back on the road and playing for you.

til then

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down will release their new album, We the Common, on February 5 via Domino imprint Ribbon Music. You can stream the album's first single, "Holy Roller," below. Not too long after, Thao will head out on tour with Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside that includes a NYC stop at Bowery Ballroom on March 22. Tickets go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (12/5) at noon with the regular on-sale on Friday (12/7) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Thao & the Get Down Stay Down releasing new album and touring in 2013 (dates, stream)"

Sandro Perri
Sandro Perri

Toronto art pop musician Sandro Perri has a few dates scheduled to take place surrounding his appearance at this year's FYF Fest. They're a bit scattered at the moment so it looks like more might be revealed, but we know that one of them is a NYC show which happens on September 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed below.

Sandro Perri is also one of the many musicians being featured on the new Arthur Russell tribute album, This Is How We Walk on the Moon, that AIDS organization Red Hot (who are also responsible for Dark Was the Night, Red Hot + Rio and many other compilations) and Pitchfork are putting out. Sandro will join Robyn, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Dan Boeckner, Twin Shadow, Washed Out, Laurel Halo, Sam Amidon, Devendra Banhart, Olof Arnalds, Jose Gonzalez, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Chad VanGaalen, Glen Hansard, and many others for the album. The project is being funded on kickstarter. The Kickstarter video and a list of all participating artists is below.

Earlier this year, DFA put out a remix 12" of material from Sandro's 2011 LP, Impossible Spaces. The stream of Eluvium's remix of "Changes," a list of all currently known Sandro Perri dates, and the Arthur Russell tribute info are below.

Continue reading "Sandro Perri touring, featured on Arthur Russell tribute w/ Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Twin Shadow, Washed Out & more (dates)"

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down at SXSW 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down are scheduled to open for The Head & the Heart on their tour which initially included NYC shows at MHOW (9/26) and Bowery ballroom (9/27). The Head and the Heart have since added a third NYC show that Thao and her band won't play, but they will play their own NYC show the same night (9/28) at Mercury Lounge. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/5) at noon with an AmEx pre-sale starting Wednesday (8/3) at noon.

In related news, Thao & Mirah recently gave an interview over twitter. Check out their answers here. You can also listen to their recent performance on NPR's World Cafe.

Updated dates below...

Continue reading "Thao with the Get Down Stay Down add Mercury Lounge show during Head & the Heart tour (updated dates)"

The Head & the Heart @ Sasquatch 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
The Head and the heart

To quote Sub Pop:

Seattle's The Head and the Heart have been on the road since February and clearly have no plans to slow down anytime soon. They've recently played shows with Death Cab for Cutie in Europe, My Morning Jacket in London, Iron and Wine in the Midwest, and have an upcoming string of US dates with The Decemberists. And, the band just announced their first ever headlining tour, which starts immediately after they play at the Austin City Limits Festival on Sept 18th, and ends October 20th in Vancouver, BC. Thao with the Get Down Stay Down will open these dates, with Devil Whale and Lemolo playing select shows as well.

Sub Pop released The Head and the Heart's self-titled debut full-length on April 16th of this year, and to date the album has scanned over 50,000 copies in the US. So far this year the band has performed at the Sasquatch and Bonnaroo festivals and before year's end will play the Newport Folk Festival, Capitol Hill Block Party, the Doe Bay Festival, and ACL.
Those new dates include shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both go on sale today (7/15) at noon. All tour dates below...

Continue reading "The Head & the Heart & Thao with the Get Down Stay Down -- 2011 Tour Dates"

Dead Milkmen @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Dead Milkmen

The NYC Descendents / Suicide Machines show is one day before both bands descend upon the first-ever Riot Fest East at Festival Pier in Philly on 9/24! The killer lineup also includes Dead Milkmen, Naked Raygun, X (playing Los Angeles in full like they'll do two nights in NYC), Hot Water Music, Weston, Samiam, Plow United, The Menzingers (who play Santos on 6/24), Excitebike, Shot Baker, Larry and His Flask, The Holy Mess and more. Tickets for the Philly festival go on sale Friday (6/24) at 10 AM. A Flier and more info below.

Riot Fest East is also one day of the 2nd annual Philly F/M Festival: "A Four Day Event To Promote Music and Film In The City of Brotherly Love To Occur Thursday, Sept 22nd - Sunday, Sept 25th 2011."

The second annual festival will take place over four days, largely in the Fishtown / Northern Liberties neighborhoods of Philadelphia, which in recent years have become a cultural center for music and arts in the city. This year's festival will feature over 15 indoor and outdoor venues with capacities between 100-5,000. Participating venues include: The Festival Pier, Trocadero Theater, TLA, World Café Live and The Ukie Club.

Modeled after successful long-standing events such as SXSW and CMJ, Philly F/M looks to establish itself as the premiere multi-venue music and film festival for the U.S. East Coast entertainment and tourism market. Last year's festival took place in 30 venues with 300 artists and over 60 films from around the world. Philly F/M 2010 attracted 13,000 visitors across all events with little or no "headline" artists. This year the festival will host at least fifteen 'headline-level' artists of all music genres, more than 100 artists total. Attendance projections for the festival is more than 25,000 paid attendees, which will include a core group of at least 5,000 all-access badge holders.

The whole initial F/M lineup and Riot Fest too, below...

Continue reading "Philly gets a Riot Fest (which is part of the F/M Festival) -- lineup announcements"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Misteur Valaire @ BV Day Party
Misteur Valaire

Casiokids @ The Parish

Deer Tick @ Terrorbird Media Day Party
John McCauley and Ian O'Neil

Catching up a bit. Here's what Dominick saw in Austin on Saturday, March 19, 2011....

Continue reading "SXSW 2011 Day 4 pics"

"watching thao at bowery fucking awesome" - moxiemotive

"Thao with the get down stay down #soon #bowery #drunk yeah all that" -NativeGrace

Thao at Bowery Ballroom last night (zachary perkins)
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

Yesterday we wrote:

[Thao & Mirah's] tour together, which hits Philly on June 9th, suspiciously has no NYC date, but maybe that will change after Thao With the Get Down Stay Down play their NYC Planned Parenthood benefit at Bowery Ballroom w/ Pearl and the Beard tonight....
Assumptions were correct. Thao & Mirah will play a Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 8th with tour opener Led to Sea (solo project of Seattle violist/violinist L. Alex Guy). Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon tomorrow (4/6) and regular sale on Friday.

How was the Bowery show? Updated list of tour dates, below....

Continue reading "Thao played Bowery Ballroom w/ The Get Down Stay Down, announces Brooklyn show w/ Mirah (updated dates)"

Thao & Mirah
Thao and Mirah

As partially previously mentioned,

"Thao & Mirah have just announced a full U.S. tour in support or their self-titled debut album, which will be released April 26 on Kill Rock Stars. The album was recorded in a two-week period, with tUnE-YaRdS mastermind Merrill Garbus co-producing, guesting, and writing one song. Thao and Mirah each wrote a new batch of beautiful songs, which were jointly performed and produced by the three with some help from fine Bay Area friends. The album is a collection of songs from two distinctly different, highly respected songwriters, threaded and woven together with the creative energy and freedom of collaboration."
- Kill Rock Stars
Their tour together, which hits Philly on June 9th, suspiciously has no NYC date, but maybe that will change after Thao With the Get Down Stay Down play their NYC Planned Parenthood benefit at Bowery Ballroom w/ Pearl and the Beard TONIGHT (4/4) (update: it did change, a Brooklyn show was added). Tickets are still available. All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Thao is here, announced a tour w/ Mirah (dates)"

also, we are mixing our record in TWO WEEKS with CHRIS WALLA! the new working title is "personal life" -The Thermals

The Thermals @ Pitchfork Fest 2k9 (more by Joseph Xu)
The Thermals

The Thermals have announced an April tour with Past Lives which includes a return to NYC. They'll play a show at Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday, April 20th show (ahem, 4/20), almost a year after their last New York gigs in May '09. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 15th at noon.

Before then, the band has some West Coast dates lined up for February with their Kill Rock Star labelmates Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. "We will be playing all the hits, plus a few songs from our next LP, coming later this year," writes Hutch. As it says above, Death Can's Chris Walla is mixing the new album.

Walla and The Thermals have a long history together. Chris mixed The Thermals 1st LP More Parts Per Million (Sub Pop, 2003) and produced their 2nd LP, Fuckin' A (Sub Pop, 2004). The Thermals also supported Death Cab For Cutie on a few tours in 2003 and 2004.
The new record is scheduled to be released by Kill Rock Stars on September 7, 2010.

The Thermals are no stranger to cover songs - they've long worked Built to Spill's "Big Dipper" into their sets, and the band's festival circuit shows last summer extended their covers repertoire to include songs like Green Day's "Basket Case" (video below). The Thermals aren't immune from the cover treatment either. Seattle's School of Rock band played their song "When I Died" at a January 9th concert. That spirited rendition, the Thermals' own cover-band antics and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "The Thermals - new album almost done, covered by School of Rock, 2010 Tour Dates (Brooklyn Bowl) "

DOWNLOAD: Portland Cello Project - Travel (feat. Justin Power) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Portland Cello Project - Tallymarks (feat. Thao) (MP3)

Thao With The Get Down Stay Down @ BV party - SXSW 09 (more by Leia Jospe)
Thao With The Get Down Stay Down

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down will be playing a show at the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, November 4th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, August 26th at noon. General sale starts Friday, August 28th at noon.

That show will include sets from David Schultz and the Portland Cello Project, the latter of which collaborated with Thao on their most recent album, The Thao and Justin Power Sessions, that came out on June 9th on Kill Rock Stars. Two tracks from that, one with Thao and one with Justin Power, are posted above.

"Portland Cello Project, in case you're unfamiliar, is an amazing group of cellists that, in the course of one of their epic 2-3 hour shows - (the format of which is always a one-time affair - the group writes almost entirely new arrangements for every performance cycle) - perform a crazy diverse array of everything from canonized and avant classical compositions to reconstructed pop covers of everything from Nintendo game themes to Britney Spears to Yoko Ono to R. Kelly--and they've accompanied The Builders and The Butchers, Laura Gibson, The Dandy Warhols, Mirah, Loch Lomond, Horse Feathers and tons of other indyish folks. At shows, you'll see hipsters too-cool-for-school mesmerized by Arvo Paert, members of the Decemberists playing late 19th century Russian compositions transcribed for Hammond Organ, a 40-piece choir, and all kinds of other craziness."
Thao with the Get Down Stay Down will releasing a new album of their own, Know Better Learn Faster, also on Kill Rock Stars, on October 13th. Producing the record will be Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Bill Frisell, Jim James), and guests include Andrew Bird, Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper, Laura Veirs, Nathan Crockett of Horse Feathers and Tune-Yards.

Tune-Yards recently signed to 4AD and has a show coming up at Music Hall of Williamsburg soon.

The Thao-Bowery show is part of a soon-to-be-announced (we think) larger tour. Those dates with album info are below...

Continue reading "Thao With The Get Down Stay Down & Portland Cello Project - new albums & shows (Bowery Ballroom) "

Monolith Festival

The final lineup for Monolith Festival, which takes place at the Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, on September 12th-13th, is below. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Girl Talk headline Saturday night at the festival, and the Mars Volta and MSTRKRFT top the bill on Sunday. Deer Tick, Passion Pit, Doom, The Walkmen, The Thermals, and HEALTH are also some of the bands on the two-day bill.

Tickets and two-day passes are still on sale. We also has a pair of weekend tickets to give away. Details on that, with the full lineup, below...

Continue reading "Monolith Festival - final 2009 lineup ++ WIN a two-day pass"

Mutek banner in Montreal - May 27, 2009 (bneely)

Mutek, the electronic music festival celebrating its tenth year, is currently underway in Montreal. The five-day fest runs to Sunday, May 31st, and it's streaming online. Moderat, the Modeselektor & Apparat supergroup, performed at Mutek on Thursday, May 28th; the group plays NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, May 30th (the show was originally planned for Webster Hall). Tickets are still on sale.

Speaking of parties up North this summer... three other biggies are Ottawa Bluesfest (July 8th-19th), Vancouver Folk Music Festival (July 17-19th) and Calgary Folk Music Festival (July 23rd-26th). Each of those suitably transcend the "blues" and "folk" labels, hosting bands like The Dead Weather and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (in Ottawa), The Weakerthans and Rock Plaza Central (in Vancouver), and The Decemberists, Apostle of Hustle, Kid Koala and Akron/Family (in Calgary). Full lineup for the Calgary Fest (Ottawa in particular is much too massive to post) and ticket info below.

And don't forget about the previously reported Breeders-headlined Sled Island Fest in Calgary on June 24th-27th, Montreal's Osheaga, NXNE, and Toronto's Olympic Island Fest on July 11th, which will host Broken Social Scene and its Arts & Crafts cohorts.

Across the pond, UK's Glastonbury Festival, which runs from June 24th to 28th, has been sold out since February even though the full lineup wasn't announced until this week. Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and Blur will be joined by The Specials, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Spinal Tap, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Madness, Tom Jones, Animal Collective and many others.

And finally in the States, Monolith Festival, which runs from September 12th to 13th at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorado, has announced its intial lineup, Girl Talk, Passion Pit, and The Walkmen included. The whole thing is posted below.

The weekend before Monolith, Bumbershoot will take place in Seattle (September 5th-7th). That fest's lineup has been updated too. New additions include Vivian Girls, Akron/Family, and Elvis Perkins. All new additions, with previously announced acts, are below. Tickets are still on sale.

In Michigan, the Rothbury Festival over July 4th weekend will feature the only summer fest performance by The Dead, as well as sets by Bob Dylan, String Cheese Incident, Broken Social Scene and more. A few more jam-friendly acts were also just added to the bill. Full lineup below. Tickets are on sale.

Info on all the above fests, with ticket info, below...

Continue reading "Mutek underway, Monolith & Glastonbury lineups, Rothbury, Bumbershoot, Calgary Folk & other festival updates"

photos by Leia Jospe

These Arms Are Snakes / Thao / Daniel Johnston & Hymns


Thirteen bands were scheduled to play the BrooklynVegan / Agency Group day party in Austin on Thursday, March 19, 2009. Twelve ended up playing - one of them twice. I think the story is that The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who had a zillion other shows also scheduled during the SXSW week, got confused about what their set time was. For that reason (and traffic), they showed up too late to go on in their slot. Instead, The Wheel, who was our last-minute addition as opener on the inside stage, immediately went outside and played a second set on the larger outdoor stage in the late band's place. We got at least one "boo" when the "scheduling mixup" was announced, but what could we do? (sorry!) It was awesome of the Wheel to fill on a moment's notice. Hopefully the people outside enjoyed him after they got over the awkwardness. I didn't watch his second set, but he sounded amazing inside.

Due to overlap on the two stages, it was hard to see everyone that played the party. The most painful two decisions were Cursive or the Wrens, and These Arms or Snakes or Daniel Johnston. I think we originally had it worked out a little better in terms of that, but the main stage started to run late. I went back and forth and caught pieces of as much as I could (and all of Daniel).

Thanks to everyone who came!

Leia managed to catch 8 of the 12 bands (she missed The Wheel, Avett Brothers, New Villager and Au Revoir Simone). Her pictures are below...

Continue reading "BV day party @ Radio Room in Austin - pics by Leia "

photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Flower Travellin' Band @ Smokin' Music, Austin, TX - March 19, 2009

"There was a certain amount of tension before Flower Travellin' Band's set at Smokin' Music. Would people show up for this 30+ year old Japanese psychedelic rock band? Would they be playing to like 30 people, many of whom were there for the free smokes from American Spirit? Would the band be any good? The band's heyday was in the 1970s, when they produced some of the most visionary psych rock around. But that was then and this is 2009 and these guys must be in their 60s at this point. Could they pull it off and would anyone care?

Yes. And yes." [Austin 360]

Flower Travellin' Band also played two shows in NYC before they got to Austin to play SXSW on Thursday. More of Jacob's pictures from that day below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Thao with The Get Down Stay Down - Bag of Hammers (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thao with The Get Down Stay Down - Beat (MP3)

Thao @ Mercury Lounge 6/4/08 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Thao Nguyen

Kill Rock Stars' Thao with The Get Down Stay Down will play SXSW before heading out on a monthlong US tour with Sister Suvi and Samantha Crain. The dates include the previously mentioned NYC stop at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, May 14th. Tickets are still on sale.

Down at SXSW, Thao with The Get Down Stay Down's appearances include the previously mentioned Kill Rock Stars day party (3/18) with Marnie Stern and The Thermals; NPR day party (3/19) with Dirty Projectors and Blitzen Trapper; Hotel Cafe SXSW Showcase (3/19); and KUT SXSW Showcase (3/20). Thao w/ TGDSD will also play the Brooklyn Vegan SXSW day party at Radio Room on Thursday, March 19 (her third show that day) (full line-up to come).

The Thermals are also playing the Rachael Ray SXSW day party (plus 7 other SXSW shows), then touring w/ two NYC dates.

Sister Suvi, who will be touring with Thao post-SXSW, is traveling first with Takka Takka - both visit the Cake Shop on Sunday, March 15 before heading south to Austin.

As an aside, Merrill Garbus, one of the members of Sister Suvi, is Tune Yards, who played MHOW w/ Beiruit and Inlets on 2/4. Tune Yards also released its debut, BiRdBrAiNs, as a for-donations download.

In 2008, Thao with The Get Down Stay Down played a ton of NYC gigs, including a headlining Mercury Lounge show (2/4), two nights opening for Rilo Kiley at Terminal 5 (2/2 & 2/3), and a solo appearance at the Revenge of the Book Eaters benefit on October 7th. And 2008 also saw Thao's debut We Brave Bee Stings and All on Kill Rock Stars.

All Thao Nguyen with The Get Down Stay Down and Sister Suvi tour dates below...

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Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson opens for Thao With The Get Down Stay Down at Bowery Ballroom tonight (Aug 13). David Shultz & The Skyline and Pepi Ginsburg are also on the bill. It's hard to keep track, but I'm pretty sure this MBAR gig was recenly added to his ever-growing list of recent/future NYC shows.

TWTGDSD @ Mercury Lounge (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)

Thao will be headlining Bowery Ballroom on August 13th. Tickets are on sale. A few more dates below....

Continue reading "Thao Nguyen WTGDSD - 2008 Tour Dates (Bowery Ballroom) "

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Thao @ Merc

Kyle photographed them Monday night at Terminal 5 (they were opening for Rilo Kiley) and he did it again last night at Mercury Lounge (a headlining show added at the last minute) (June 4, 2008).

In addition to playing music, Thao told a funny story about how some guy in a beret led her to a much too expensive internet cafe during the day. Then after checking her email she walked back to mercury lounge and kept smelling fish and vinegar. When she got to mercury lounge her bandmates pointed out that it was bird poop on her face that smelled like that, not the whole city. She cleaned it off and moved on.

Listen to an interview and performance on NPR.More pictures below...

Continue reading "Thao Nguyen WTGDSD @ Mercury Lounge, NYC - pics"

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....

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Thao and the get down stay down

Tickets will be available at the door for a late headlining Thao Nguyen show at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday. Tonight and tomorrow Thao opens for Rilo Kiley at Terminal 5. All dates below....

Continue reading "Thao Nguyen WTGDSD adds 3rd NYC show + other tour dates"

I'm From Barcelona @ Maxwell's, NJ - Apr 25, 2008 (Ear Farm)
Im From Barcelona @ MAxwells

Ear Farm: And then you guys are playing the Brooklyn Masonic Temple next Thursday...

I'm From Barcelona: Yeah, I'm kind of excited about it. As I told you I like to read about stuff, brotherhood and societies, it's always fascinating, I'll probably sneak around finding weird symbolic stuff and building my own conspiracy theories. We did the pool parties with the same promoter last year and it was amazing[...] Another thing I'm looking forward to is we're doing a show Yo Gabba Gabba, it's a children's program on Nickelodeon, it's an amazing music program (ed note: see recent Shins performance on the program HERE). They want to pick good music for young people, they write their own music and we did a cover of it and are going to perform it there. I think it's going to be amazing because I've been thinking of doing a children's record.

Thao Nguyen with The Longest Band Name Ever opens the show in Brooklyn tonight (May 1, 2008). $10 tickets are still available AND I have one pair of tickets to give away (courtesy of show sponsor Boost Mobile Community) to the fifth person who emails BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Barcelona) right now.

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She & Him cancelled their Monday night show at Hiro Ballroom, so they decided to move the Tuesday night show to Webster Hall which means a) every single person that had a ticket for Monday night's show can go on Tuesday (and has to or else has to get a refund), and b) even more tickets are going to be put on sale.

She and Him are also playing Conan and NYU (where by the way Thao with the Get Down Stay Down has been announced as opener)

Thao by Bao (more)
Thao Nguyen

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down is touring and then touring some more with Rilo Kiley including both shows at Terminal 5 in NYC. Tickets are still on sale for at least one of those. All dates below....

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Thao @ KF

Bao Nguyen checked out Thao Nguyen (no relation) at her show "with The Get Down Stay Down" at Knitting Factory in NYC last night (Feb 4, 2008). I didn't talk to him for long, but he said the show was good. Thao reminds him (and many others) of Cat Power, and Thao even told a story at the show about running into Cat Power (Chan) at a radio appearance earlier that day. More of his photos below....

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