February 17, 2009

Delicious! Thao Nguyen on tour with Samantha Crain


One of my absolute favorite albums lately (like, front to back, over and over, in the car, trying to keep it down for my co-workers, air drumming in my kitchen) is Thao Nguyen‘s We Brave Bee Stings And All (2008, Kill Rock Stars).

It’s been a long time since I’ve found an artist that strikes as perfect a blend of fearless female honesty, introspectively clever lyrics, winsome melodies, and thoroughly interesting and unexpected percussion. I’m a sucker for the cool drumbeats, the ones that make me wanna clap my hands and tap along on my laptop (even as I try to write this post).

This might be my favorite song on the album, mostly because of the awesome way the drums edge their way into the room at 0:28, and then proceed to own the whole tune:

Fear & Convenience – Thao Nguyen

While Thao will be at SXSW (which I just registered for today) I also have good news! Thao’s back on tour with her band, The Get Down Stay Down, and (and!) Samantha Crain (artist behind one of my favorite EPs last year).

Come el Seis de Mayo, I might die a tiny death of happiness.

Feb 26 – Noise Pop – Swedish American Music Hall (solo) San Francisco, CA
Feb 27 – The Coffee House (solo) Davis, CA
Mar 18 – SXSW KRS Day Party-Club DeVille Austin, TX
Mar 19 – NPR Day Show -The Parish Austin, TX
Mar 19 – Hotel Café Showcase – The Parish Austin, TX
Mar 20 – KUT Showcase – Momo’s Austin, TX
Apr 17 – Black Cat Washington DC
Apr 18 – Duke Coffee House Durham, NC #
Apr 19 – Village Tavern Mt. Pleasant, SC #
Apr 20 – EARL Atlanta, GA #
Apr 21 – Club Downunder-Florida State Tallahassee, FL #
Apr 23 – The Parish Austin, TX #
Apr 24 – Lola’s Ft. Worth, TX #
Apr 25 – The Foundation Lubbock, TX #
Apr 26 – The Sub-College of Santa Fe Santa Fe, NM #
Apr 28 – The Loft-UCSD San Diego, CA #
Apr 29 – The Hotel Cafe Los Angeles, CA #
Apr 30 – Independent San Francisco, CA #
May 1 – Mississippi Studios Portland, OR #
May 2 – Chop Suey Seattle, WA #
May 4 – Neurolux Boise, ID #
May 5 – Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT #
May 6 – Hi Dive Denver, CO #
May 9 – Empty Bottle Chicago, IL #
May 10 – Beachland Tavern Cleveland, OH #
May 12 – Iron Horse Northampton, MA #
May 14 – Bowery Ballroom New York, NY #
May 15 – First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, PA #
May 16 – The Boot Norfolk, VA #

# with Samantha Crain

PS – How do you say Thao’s name, you ask?

[top image credit Sarah Cass]


  • thanks for the tour dates.

    oh, and for introducing me to her music.

    i concur.

    she’s dope.

    and the reDesign looks great, btw.

    fernando — February 18, 2009 @ 1:05 am

  • she was uber fun to watch on stage during the Hotel Cafe gig in Brooklyn!

    Jennson — February 18, 2009 @ 6:54 am

  • Is she gonna touring on a new record then? Do you know that, sista?

    Dainon — February 18, 2009 @ 10:50 am

  • well, dainon, since you asked… i think yes! i meant to include this in the post but, well, forgot: daytrotter had her on last month and she did a new song: http://daytrotter.com/article/1548/thao-nguyen-and-the-get-down-stay-down

    so we shall see what else lurks in these shows. yeah!

    browneheather — February 18, 2009 @ 11:39 am

  • I remember when THAO played the South Park Music Festival. The president of Kill Rock Stars, Slim Moon, was so exited about her that he drove all the way from Fairplay to Denver and back in the middle of the night to grab her and bring her back to play for everyone at the Fairplay hotel. It was fantastical.

    DJ Hot to Death — February 18, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

  • I love this bitch, have for a while now. Saw her at the Iron Horse last time she played and had a real good time. I look forward to getting back over there in May.

    Lauren — February 19, 2009 @ 3:30 pm

  • [...] DOWNLOAD:  “Fear & Convenience” by Thao Nguyen via fuelfriends [...]

    DOWNLOAD: “Fear & Convenience” by Thao Nguyen | BEATCAKES. — February 22, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

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