Thao Nguyen formed the basis of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down around 2004 with drummer Willis Thompson in Falls Church, Va., later picking up (and, since then, dropping) musicians Adam Thompson and Frank Stewart and relocating the duo's efforts to San Francisco.
The latest from Thao & the Get Down Stay Down comes on with plenty of tart hooks and rhythmic bounce -- but the banjo is its secret weapon.
Getting her start at a young age in Falls Church, Va., Thao Nguyen has pushed her sound and songwriting past her indie folk origins. With backing band the Get Down Stay Down, she brought her idiosyncratic blend of pop and danceable rock to the KDHX studios.
Thao Nguyen and her band don't only brave bee stings. Thao With the Get Down Stay Down braved International Pop Overthrow with the perky, folk-influenced pop songs of their album "We Brave Bee Stings and All."