Thao and the Get Down Stay Down: “Know Better Learn Faster”
The Attractions. The E-Street Band. And… the Get Down Stay Down? Alright, so the latter ensemble may not pack the same kind of rock and roll muscle or classicist clout of the first two, but on Know Better Learn Faster, their second outing as the back-up band for singer/songwriter Thao Nguyen, they sidestep such concerns altogether and give a convincing audition for the part of the next great supporting crew. They do everything a great supporting cast should do; They stay on their toes, nimbly and effortlessly following their maestro from one scene to the next, never stepping into her spotlight but occasionally stealing the spotlight all the same.
And that’s not even the coolest trick they pull off here. Even more impressive: They take us on a slapdash tour of indie rock, circa 2009, and remind us just how versatile and wonderfully weird the scene can be at its very best.
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