Thao Nguyen once penned songs in her downtime working at her mother's Northern Virginia laundromat.

Thao Nguyen of the San Francisco-based band Thao and the Get Down Stay Down (Photo by Nick Wallker) Thao Nguyen. (Photo by Nick Wallker)

These days, the poppy singer-songwriter -- now a San Francisco transplant -- is riding high after the release of her band's latest album, "We The Common," which was produced by John Congleton (who has worked with St. Vincent and Explosions in the Sky) and saw its debut on NPR Music. Tonight, the Falls Church native takes the stage at the Black Cat, and there's no better time to catch a performer whose stock is rapidly rising.


Before you go, get acquainted with Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Nguyen was among the musicians profiled by Post music critic Chris Richards in his recent piece about musicians who have left Washington in pursuit of artistic success. And reviewer Moira McLaughlin just described "We The Common" as an album "filled with a feeling of youthful exuberance and hope."

You can also just check out of the Funny or Die-style short films Nguyen created around the making of "We The Common," including the episode below, entitled "The Art of My Loins." (The music, if you want to skip past the banter, starts right around 2:50.)