Although it boasted performances from Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Nine Inch Nails, San Francisco’s 6th annual Outside Lands still had to deal with just about the worst… More »


The sixth annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is taking over San Francisco this weekend, featuring Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Chic and… More »

See Thao & the Get Down Stay Down Mix and Match Faces in Playful ‘Holy Roller’ Video

Thao Nguyen drafted This American Life’s Ira Glass and comedian John Hodgman to sing along in the video for “We the Common [for Valerie Bolden],” and the singer-songwriter has followed up… More »

See Thao & the Get Down Stay Down Lip Sync With Ira Glass for ‘We the Common’ Video

Back in January, SPIN premiered Thao & the Get Down Stay Down’s “We the Common [For Valerie Bolden],” the slightly synth-infused folk-rock anthem that opens the band’s recently released third… More »


Hear Joanna Newsom Join Thao & the Get Down Stay Down For ‘Kindness Be Conceived’

In comes another treat from the highly promising February 5 Thao & the Get Down Stay Down album, We the Common. In October we got our first taste via the spirited… More »

Hear Thao & the Get Down Stay Down’s Singularly Anthemic ‘We the Common’

Back in October we heard the quaint and bluesy first taste from We the Common, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down’s forthcoming third album. “Holy Roller” was both spare… More »

Hear Thao & the Get Down Stay Down’s Spirited ‘Holy Roller’

“I am a woman of leisure,” Thao Nguyen begins on “Holy Roller,” the first song she wrote for upcoming third album with the Get Down Stay Down, but that understates… More »


Dianna Agron is a rising star in front of the camera, playing knocked-up cheerleader (and former president of her school’s Celibacy Club) Quinn Fabray on FOX’s hit show Glee, but… More »

Thao With the Get Down Stay Down, ‘Know Better Learn Faster’ (Kill Rock Stars)

As an angry, resentful breakup record, the fourth album from wry singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen is totally unsatisfying, at least on the surface. She doesn’t pile on the hatred for her… More »

Thao Nguyen has a strange feeling about loitering in airports. “I love it!” exclaims the sweet-voiced singer-guitarist. “You can even ask the dudes” — bassist-keyboardist Adam Thompson, 25, and drummer… More »


The opening day of the 38th annual Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival was a pleasant reminder of just why this event is in a league all its own. The leisurely,… More »