Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

While Thao Nguyen and her backing band the Get Down Stay Down first wowed critics with a record featuring finely wrought folk-pop (2008's stellar We Brave Bee Stings and All), subsequent years have seen their sound take a turn toward rowdier sonic terrain. While select moments on this year's We the Common recall the band's meticulously melodic past (in particular lead single "Holy Roller"), most of the album is wild and wooly, clearly drawing inspiration from forward-thinking contemporaries like tUnE-yArDs. The move toward messiness has pluses and minuses. "The Day Long" feels warped, wobbly, and aimless, but elsewhere Nguyen's newfound ferocity leads to some of her finest work yet (the skewed doo-wop of "Human Heart" is particularly affecting). With Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside. (Photo by Lauren Tabak)
Mon., April 1, 7 p.m., 2013

 
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