Everyone has to start somewhere. For Thao Nguyen — leader of S.F. band Thao and the Get Down Stay Down — the point of origin was her mom's laundromat in Virginia. When she wasn't helping out customers, a tween Nguyen was strumming covers of "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Everybody Hurts," and trying to write her own material. She sang solely to try her songs out, holding at first zero desire to front a band. Good thing she changed... More >>>