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THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN’S A MAN ALIVE STREAMS EXCLUSIVELY AT NPR MUSIC’S FIRST LISTEN

March 1, 2016

 

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, the critically acclaimed San Francisco-based band fronted by singer and songwriterThao Nguyen, is now streaming their fourth studio album A Man Alive exclusively via NPR Music’s First Listen.Stream/share the record here. NPR Music calls it a “brilliant, jarring new album…[Nguyen’s] most rewarding work yet.”

 

The group recently premiered the Brook Linder-directed video for the album track “Astonished Man” here. Preorder A Man Alive digitally here and via Ribbon Music here. To celebrate the release, the band will tour the U.S. throughout the spring with a stop at the SXSW Music Conference. 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 Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs. 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.”

 

A Man Alive explores new territory for Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, but regardless of subject matter the songs onA Man Alive are vibrant and danceable, lending themselves well to the band’s trademark high-energy live show. Nguyen says, “I wanted to make a record that was very introspective and personal, but would also seek to communicate and that we would have fun performing. 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.”

 

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’s 2013 album We The Common was released to widespread critical acclaim; Pitchfork declared it Nguyen’s “most sharply written record to date” while NPR called her “one of the most commanding and distinctive young singers around.”

 

A MAN ALIVE

 

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

 

THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN LIVE

 

March 3                                                       Seattle, WA                                   Sonic Boom Records

March 4                                                      Portland, OR                                      Music Millennium

March 14                                                      Austin, TX                                                          SXSW
AV Club/The Onion Manic Monday Party @ Barracuda (9 p.m.)

March 15                                                  San Antonio, TX                                                    502 Bar

March 16                                                      Austin, TX                                                          SXSW
Official Showcase @ The Parish

March 17                                                      Austin, TX                                                          SXSW

KUTX Broadcast @ Four Seasons Austin (9 a.m.)

March 17                                                      Austin, TX                                                          SXSW

                                      Urban Outfitters Party @ Space 24 Twenty (3 p.m.)

March 18                                                      Austin, TX                                                          SXSW
Showtime “Roadies” Party @ Clive Bar (3 p.m.)

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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