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Thao Nguyen + Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) parody Bieber/Diplo/Skrillex NY Times video; Thao & the Get Down Stay Down begin North American tour‏

Thao Nguyen, singer, songwriter and frontwoman of critically-acclaimed San Francisco-based band Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, stars alongside collaborator and friend Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) in a parody of The New York Times’ recent Justin Bieber/Diplo/Skrillex video piece. The video finds Nguyen and Garbus breaking down the creative process behind the Thao & the Get Down Stay Down track “Astonished Man.” The video is premiering now at Funny Or Die and can be viewed/shared HERE.

To celebrate the release, the band will tour the U.S. throughout the spring. Tickets are available at www.thaoandthegetdownstaydown.com and upcoming shows are listed below.

A Man Alive was recorded at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco and was produced by Garbus. The two, close personal friends, experimented extensively during the creation of the record resulting in a unique, new sound for Nguyen.

“With this record I had clearer vision and aspirations. I wanted emotion. I wanted power. I wanted A Man Alive to be beat- and bass-driven,” says Nguyen of the album. “A Man Alive is more instrumental, more riff- and loop-centric, and has more manipulated sounds.”

The new album also finds Nguyen exploring previously untouched subjects including her relationship with her father, who left the family when she was a young girl. “The record is essentially about my relationship with my dad, its trajectory,” Nguyen says. “It’s a document of my life in conjunction with his, even though we’ve always been leading our lives away from each other. Some are optimistic and forgiving, some are the opposite.”


1. Astonished Man

2. Slash/Burn

3. The Evening

4. Departure

5. Nobody Dies

6. Guts

7. Fool Forever

8. Millionaire

9. Meticulous Bird

10. Give Me Peace

11. Hand To God

12. Endless Love


March 25                                                    Portland, OR                                     Wonder Ballroom*

March 26                                                     Seattle, WA                                        Neptune Theatre*

March 27                                                   Vancouver, BC                                              The Cobalt*

March 30                                                 Minneapolis, MN                            Fine Line Music Café†

March 31                                                   Milwaukee, WI                                             Turner Hall†

April 1                                                          Chicago, IL                                                 Thalia Hall†

April 2                                                        St. Louis, MO                                     The Ready Room†

April 3                                                        Louisville, KY                                                Headliners†

April 5                                                        Asheville, NC                                               Grey Eagle†

April 6                                                        Nashville, TN                                            Mercy Lounge

April 7                                                       Cincinnati, OH                                  Woodward Theater†

April 8                                                         Millvale, PA                                    Mr. Smalls Theatre†

April 9                                                         Toronto, ON                                            Adelaide Hall‡

April 11                                                South Burlington, VT                   Higher Ground Ballroom‡

April 12                                                    Cambridge, MA                                            The Sinclair‡

April 13                                                      New York, NY                                         Webster Hall†‡

April 15                                                   Washington, D.C.                                            9:30 Club†‡

April 16                                                    Philadelphia, PA                                Underground Arts†‡

April 17                                                     Richmond, VA                                       The Broadberry‡

April 18                                                      Carrboro, NC                                             Cat’s Cradle‡

April 20                                                        Atlanta, GA                                           Terminal West§

April 21                                                   New Orleans, LA                                     One Eyed Jacks§

April 22                                                       Houston, TX                             Warehouse Live Studio§

April 23                                                         Austin, TX                                              The Mohawk§

April 24                                                         Dallas, TX                                                           Trees§

April 26                                                   Albuquerque, NM                                            Launchpad§

April 27                                                       Phoenix, AZ                              The Crescent Ballroom§

April 28                                                   Solana Beach, CA                                               Belly Up§

April 29                                                    Los Angeles, CA                                The Regent Theatre§

April 30                                                  San Francisco, CA                                         The Fillmore§

*with Car Seat Headrest

†with Saintseneca

‡with Little Scream

§with Seratones

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