Smart bets: Thao and The Get Down Stay Down

From frontwoman Thao Nguyen’s distinctive vocal work to a cornucopia of synthesized adornments, many moving parts and mood shifts come together on Thao and The Get Down Stay Down’s new album. “A Man Alive is more instrumental, more riff- and loop-centric and has more manipulated sounds,” Nguyen says, adding that she hoped the album would be “not just fun, but I wanted a kind of crazy, rabid, animal energy. That’s my favorite thing about performing — you can tap into this frenzy.” Nguyen’s scuffed-up pop-mosaic unearths mixed feelings toward her absent father, but the heavy subject matter only fuels hyped-up performances. Saintseneca and Emily Easterly open the band’s next show at The Grey Eagle on Tuesday, April 5, at 8 p.m. $15/$18. Photo by Maria Kanevskaya

About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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