Thao with The Get Down Stay Down, Rasputin, Berkeley, 4/12/2008.

Thao with The Get Down Stay Down played for about 30 adults — and one little girl dancing — at Rasputin Records earlier this afternoon, and I hope you were there because it was fantastic. “I’ve never played at this level of heat before,” Thao Nguyen told the audience. It was 74 degrees out on Telegraph this afternoon and possibly just a little hotter inside. But no matter — their particular brand of witty, literate folk-pop, beatboxing and all, was perfect for an afternoon that felt an awful lot like summer.

The setlist, I think:

1. ? [new song, maybe, or something from Like the Linen?]
2. Big Kid Table
3. Swimming Pools
4. Beat (Health, Life and Fire)
5. Feet Asleep
6. Bag of Hammers
7. Violet
8. Fear and Convenience

Full album review of the band’s Kill Rock Stars album We Brave Bee Stings And All coming soon on this blog, but if they’re ever in your neighborhood (though the last show of their tour with Xiu Xiu is tonight at the Bottom of the Hill) do check them out.

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