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Live, Love, Laugh and Cry with ‘Thao and The Get Down Stay Down’

l_3e7cce3242764406817eff1f25ec5626A complicated web of human interactions and emotions has never sounded so fun and playful as it does with Thao with The Get Down Stay Down. Thao’s music is indie rock at it’s finest, with elements of chamber pop and alternative folk mixed in for good measure. It’s catchy, quirky, and everything you’d expect from a band that sounds like they could be your best friends. Thao’s voice and lyrics are laced with an innocent sexiness that enhances the fun and fresh melodies of the band and the music strikes a balance between being both relatable and danceable.

The band’s latest album, Know Better Learn Faster, boasts songs like When We Swam, which instantly make an audience want to sing along. The title track is another standout and highlights their ability to produce an escalating progression of sound and emotion. The music portrays a kind of human quality that lets us know that this is a band that has lived their lives like the rest of us: just trying to figure it out as they go along and doing their best to enjoy the ride, even through the pain.

Thao was gracious enough to take some time out during the band’s current US tour to answer a few questions for The Rock and Roll Report.

Q: At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to be a musician?

A: I think I knew very young, around 13, that I wanted to be a musician. I didn’t fully commit to the idea until the end of college when I intentionally left myself no other option. By this I mean I refused to even consider going to grad school and did not have any other kind of job lined up.

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RockAngel’s Weekly Radar – White Rabbits and…

white-rabbitsThis week, RockAngel’s Weekly Radar brings you White Rabbits and…The Subjects? Normally I wouldn’t be so quick to write about a band that’s already made it to the satellite radio rotation like White Rabbits, but after seeing both of these bands live last night, I have their musical energy oozing out of me and straight into the Rock and Roll Report.

Of course, after saying that Last Night’s Vice was the best thing out of Missouri ever, I am forced to eat my words as White Rabbits hail from that same state (though now they are based in Brooklyn) and rock just as hard.  Originally seduced by the lead track Percussion Gun from their new album It’s Frightening, I explored the rest of it and realized this band is really on to something.  With a smooth Spoon sort of feel (hmmm, may have something to do with the creative hand of Brit Daniel on this album) and a rugged Cold War Kids intensity, White Rabbits manage to create something that is nothing short of music heaven.   They put more creativity into one song than most put into a whole album.

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RockAngel’s Weekly Radar – Endoxi

endoxiThis week, RockAngel’s Weekly Radar brings you Endoxi…campfire music that really rocks.

Their first EP, New Blood, Old Soul is exactly what it says it is. They bring life to music with a timeless energy that sounds like everything and nothing you’ve ever heard before. They capture the sense of nostalgia, much like O.A.R. does, but with more of a west coast style. It’s evident that they don’t just throw words together to fit their music, but instead, craft them in such a way as to bring out the emotion that’s already so present in every note. If you took the music out of the equation, these are lyrics that could stand alone and still tell a story of love, hurt and a lot of self-discovery.

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RockAngel’s Weekly Radar – Last Night’s Vice

last-nights-viceThis week, RockAngel’s Weekly Radar brings you Last Night’s Vice…the best thing out of Missouri since…um…ok, the best thing out of Missouri…period.

Last Night’s Vice is unsigned, and weighs in at less than 4,000 MySpace friends, which means they may be one of the most hidden jewels in rock music out there.  I like to refer to their music as “sour apple Pop Rocks candy for your ears”…let that  image sit for a minute…

Not only do they have a kickass name, their music literally picks you up out of your seat and makes you jump around like a crazy teenage girl at a New Kids concert…or maybe that’s just me.  Either way, there is no denying the energy in their music which fuses sounds of Head Automatica, The Used, and Fall Out Boy.   “The Power Cosmic” could become a hit radio single faster than an Amy Winehouse relapse and “All I” would be a valiant follow-up.

Their live show has been raved about, and I can only imagine, as they haven’t made it out to San Diego yet.  They do have plans to hit some of the Warped Tour on the east coast, so be sure to check them out if you have the chance.  I have a feeling this is one of those bands that is gonna reach a tipping point and when they hit, they’re going to hit hard and fast…just like their music.

…keep rockin’…

Last Night’s Vice Myspace

Buy the full EP on iTunes