Sexiest Singer-Songwriter - 2010
On her two albums with the Get Down Stay Down, including 2010's Kill Rock Stars release Know Better Learn Faster, Thao Nguyen makes heartbreak and bee stings sound sexy. Hell, she makes pretty much everything she sings about sound sexy. If she did a concept album about Hurricane Katrina or the devastation in Haiti, people would say, "Hells yeah, gimme some of that." While her lyrics plumb such intimate topics as bodies, beds, and sad sex, and her guitar-playing leaps and flutters with kinetic energy, it is her voice — a slurry, curlicue thing that slips and slides like a snake on a ladder — that gives her performances a thoroughly erotic charge.