August 13, 2008
What a bundle of energy Thao is. If you've heard her CD, "We Brave Bee Stings and All" (our review HERE), you have an inkling of who she is. But if you've never seen her live, well, take the CD's energy and wratched it up x 10. I saw her last night at T.T. the Bear's Place in Cambridge, a great college dive if there ever was one. The band was fun and loud and appreciative of the crowd. Thao really gets into her tunes, swinging her hips, stomping her feet and in constant motion on stage. Her band the Get Down Stay Down -- drummer Willis Thompson and bassist Adam Thompson -- create a pretty great sound between the three of them. While the songs all seem to have a similar tempo and sound, Thao and co. always keep the songs moving and interesting with handclaps and audience participation.
Opening was David Shultz and the Skyline from Virginia (also where Thao is from). They are a pretty interesting band that meshes country and rock, maybe along the lines of, say, Wilco.
For more pics, click HERE. Below is a video I shot of "Bag of Hammers" from last night. Be ready, sound quality is loud to obnoxious because of my proximity to the speakers, but the visuals are pretty good.
Posted by Rich K. at 9:12 AM