Three Imaginary Girls

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Thao with the Get Down Stay Down return to Chop Suey on Thursday, October 22nd, and we can send a lucky reader of TIG to the show for free.

Also on the line up with Thao et. al. are labelmates Portland Cello Project, a horde of classicaly trained cellists affectionately nicknamed PCP by their fans. Thao Nguygen guests on PCP’s first release on Kill Rock Stars label; you can download a free MP3 of the Thao/PCP collaboration “Tallymarks” here.

To enter the drawing, all you need to do is send an e-mail to by 9am on Monday, October 19th with “ThaoGetDown” in the subject line (please no spaces). That, and be 21 or older. We’ll select the winner shortly thereafter and will notify the lucky him or her then.

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down last played at Chop Suey in March, 2008. Of that show, Deborah Barnard wrote:

“Thao uses unusual note combinations that I’m going to call slant vocals, notes that are almost off-key but somehow fit perfectly into the pattern of the song. The best example of that on Saturday night was her song, ‘Swimming Pool,’ during which Thao broke out a banjo to accompany her slanted summer anthem.

The crowd at Chop Suey was biggest during Thao’s set; her body was in motion almost the entire time, and both the audience and her band mates seemed to feed off this woman who throws her head back to sing (mainly to get the hair out of her face). Another thing I noticed was how the small, intricate details in the band’s music lifted the set into something that the people outside would rave about later as they were sucking their cigarettes.”