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Best Covers: Thao & the get down stay down ‘With a girl like you’

The title track off of The Feeling Kind EP, a five-song effort that contains covers of The Troggs and Yo La Tengo, holds the honor of being the first video to film on the San Francisco’s Bay Bridge- with lead singer Thao Nguyen marching across the newly opened structure.

Music by Bergman: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

After 15 years of recording and performing, Thao Nguyen, of San Francisco-based band Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, was exhausted. She had been touring the band’s 2016 album A Man Alive, a critically acclaimed, bone-shaking reckoning about her relationship with her absent father. She bought a house with her girlfriend; they’re married now.

Temple is the fifth full-length album from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Kaleidoscopic and danceable, grounded by Thao’s singular voice, Temple feels boldly dissonant while still highly accessible. Golden, longing pop meets punk roots. Rock draws from hip-hop, funk, and folk rhythms for intricate, danceable beats. The poetic lyrics are expansive, yet shatteringly personal, inspired in part by the work of writers like James Baldwin, Octavia Butler, and Yiyun Li.. Rage, honesty, clear-eyed regret, and optimistic wisdom run parallel, finding a new way forward.