Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Thao and Horse Feathers

Thao is a San Francisco based, up-and-coming indie-pop star. The patchwork quilt of playful guitar riffs splashed with her bluegrass (Virginia) roots, uninhibited vulnerable lyrics, and raw melodic vocals create a comfortably familiar "Thao" sound. This same sound has gotten her notice to have shared producers with groups like The Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens. Her band The Get Down Stay Down, (Willie Thompson, Frank Stewart and Adam Thompson of THE OK BIRD) complement and enhance her overall sound, making the Thao experience a most delightful one.

Opening for Thao and The Get Down Stay Down is a multi-instrumentalist group from Oregon who call themselves Horse Feathers. Justin Ringle's vocals find a happy medium between Iron and Wine and Bob Dylan, and sound best when complemented by cellist Heather Broderick's weightless harmonizing. Peter Broderick, the last member of the core trio contributes on violin, percussion, banjo, and vocals. Sam Cooper and Nathan Crockett round out the group with additional percussion, celeste, saw, and banjo. Horse Feathers' sound has strong down-home, small farm town roots with a Julliard education. Something not to be missed.
Check out Thao and Horse Feathers both playing tomorrow night at Emo's.