Over the past decade, Thao Nguyen has been loyally releasing a pleasant blend of folk and indie rock in the San Francisco area. Backed by bassist-keyboardist Adam Thompson, guitarist Frank Stewart, and drummer Willis Thompson, she took up the moniker Thao & the Get Down Stay Down to release five albums. The most recent of that collection, 2013’s We The Common, dragged Nguyen into the edge of a spotlight. Inspired by her work at a local outreach program at a nearby prison, she used emotionally charged lyrics to shape an album full of shy quirks and boastful optimism — equally socially conscious and sonically light. On A Man Alive, she picks up the floorboards of that album and throws them out the window. Now, it’s all about full-on engagement. Thao & the Get Down Stay Down reinvented themselves in the realm of noisy art rock and Nguyen couldn’t sound more thrilled.