Alternative folk rock band Thao & the Get Down Stay Down are just coming off the release of what critics are calling songwriter and frontwoman Thao Nguyen’s most confessional, and risk-taking, album to date, Man Alive!. The group is swinging by Mercy Lounge on April 6 during their tour supporting the new record along with indie folk rock quintet Saintseneca, and we’re giving away a pair of tickets!
If you’re not lucky enough to win a pair by clicking through below, then tickets are available for $15. Read on to find out more about the lineup, and why Thao should be on your radar, if you haven’t heard of the band or the woman many critics are calling one of the best songwriters around.
THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN
Man Alive! is the follow up to 2013’s acclaimed We the Common, and is getting praise for being personal where Common was social and political. Nguyen uses Man Alive! to explore her relationship – or lack thereof – with her father, who left her family when she was a child. She has said that this is some of her most personal songwriting to date, and critics have loved this vulnerability that alternates between anger and forgiveness. The record was produced by Tune-Yards’ Merrill Garbus in Nguyen’s native San Francisco, and is more driven by beats and bass than her previous music. Even though she’s hitting her audience with heavy themes, she still really wants them to get down.
Last year the folky outfit from Columbus, Ohio, Saintseneca, focused on a more rock and roll format for the songs on their third album Such Things. The group is known for their diverse instrumentation, including balalaika, mandolin, and dulcimer just to name a few. Songwriter Zac Little is influenced by everything from quantum physics to English rock. However, the group’s latest record is more straightforward alternative indie rock than folksy weirdness.
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Winner will be announced Monday April 4, and will receive a pair of tickets. Good luck!
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down and Saintseneca will perform Wednesday, April 6 at Mercy Lounge. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $15.