Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside
Before the Brave
March 2, 2013
Great American Music Hall // Noise Pop 2013
Better than: DJ sets.
Noise Pop has been doing its homework. Saturday's show at the Great American Music Hall was a thoughtful billing, ... More >>
And here is DRMS, a new, eight-piece (!) jazzy pop outfit from the East Bay with killer musicianship and a taste for atmosphere. Pushed gently along by vibraphones and keyboards, this new single "With You" unfolds into a full, deep, uncertain groove, led by Emily Ritz's striking voice. The gorgeous ... More >>
Christopher VictorioParty's over... 'till next year.
Well, kids, it's over. Noise Pop's 20th anniversary has come and gone, leaving lots of sold-out shows, earsplitting climaxes, elated Tweets, credit-limit-busting cab fares, and wicked hangovers in its path. As we try to get this ringing out ... More >>
Bird by Snow
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2012
Bottom of the Hill
Better than: Every live performance Thao has given to date.
If anything is left standing at Bottom of the Hill after last night's Noise Pop festival show, it is certainly by the good graces of powe ... More >>
To illustrate this week's package of stories about the 20th Anniversary of Noise Pop, SF Weekly photographed some of the local artists headlining shows this year's festival. The music of Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice, Sonny Smith (of Sonny & the Sunsets), Bare Wires, Papercuts, Young Prisms, and Dir ... More >>
Fred, Thao, and Carrie onstage in S.F.
No, dammit, we didn't get to go to the S.F. stop of the live Portlandia, either, and in case we all need any evidence that missing it was a huge bummer, here it is: A sizzling clip of the show's co-creators and stars, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, ... More >>
Dean SchafferAesop Rock (right) raps faster than you can even understand at Phono del Sol.
The Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival, featuring Aesop Rock, Mirah, Man/Miracle, and more
July 16, 2011
@ Potrero del Sol Park
Better than: Registering to vote.
It's hard to turn down anything fre ... More >>
Okay, Kill Rock Stars, we really, really hope this isn't some kind of April fool's stunt. You're going to break a lot of Bay Area hearts if it is. What are we talking about? A new little note on the KRS website that says the first 200 people who preorder the new collaboration album from Thao Ngyu ... More >>
Future Thaos and Mirahs?You may not know Chixx Mixx or Poison Apple Pie by name, but they're bands formed by Bay Area tween and teen girls, and they don't sound like what you might be picturing. As much as we all would like to think gender divides do not exist, it's the sad and simple truth ... More >>
Kristopher HannumBirds & BatteriesBirds & Batteries is one of the few local bands that's pretty difficult to pin down. It's not garage rock, it's not synth-pop, it's not dance music, it's not lo-fi, it's not chillwave, and it's definitely not any strand of hip-hop. So what does ... More >>
How apropos: Indie singer-songwriter-guitarist who only goes by her first name meets other indie singer-songwriter-guitarist who only goes by her first name. They go on tour -- and then decide to record an album together.Yes: What began as a single set at San Francisco's Noise Pop festival this p ... More >>
Shervin LainezThao Nguyen performs at Regional Bias this FridayYou most likely already know about the Bay Bridged, dear local music fan, so you may know also about its annual Regional Bias fundraiser. But allow us to remind you: Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice, Man/Miracle and Exray's are performin ... More >>
Local pop songwriter Thao Nguyen of Thao with the Get Down Stay Down started collaborating with Glee's Dianna Agron over Skype, where they bonded over a shared passion for "singing and dancing." The result of those laptop chats is a video--featuring a lot of energetic lip syncing by a variet ... More >>