Based in San Francisco after growing up in Falls Church, Virginia, Thao Nguyen first picked up a guitar at age 12. She has worked with a long list of acclaimed artists including Andrew Bird, Mirah, Laura Veirs and producer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens). This year, in addition to recording her forthcoming album, Thao has toured the US with the nationally syndicated NPR program “Radiolab.” Says the New York Times: "Ms. Nguyen’s voice, wobbly and rich, is engaging, and her gently confessional lyrics … are equally beguiling.” And Spin calls the new Thao & The Get Down Stay Down single, "Holy Roller," "a lusty yet flighty song ... an intricate, enigmatically charming creation. The group's new release "We the Common," Thao says, "is an album about wanting to be a human who tries and is grateful for the opportunity. It is about wanting to be better and closer to people." This is a fresh sound that is breaking out all over! Tonight's opener is Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, who mine a sweet spot between modern and vintage. Sallie’s voice has elicited comparisons to classic jazz and blues icons, yet it is stoked with the fire of youth and rebellion; it's an instrument capable of conveying raw emotion and nuanced artistry in the same breath.