Nyleau presents… Dao Strom/The Sea and The Mother + Julie Thi Underhill, Feb. 29th


You guys, I am so stoked to be hosting a concert for one of my favorite music crushes and tour mate, Dao Strom/The Sea and The Mother (of Portland, Oregon) while she’s in the Bay Area for her literary tour (check that out, too!).

I’ve been missing hearing Dao’s live performances, so I asked her if she’d be down to play a show if I hosted the next time she was in the area, and she kindly said yes! Julie Thi Underhill (a fellow Vietnamese diaspora writer, photographer, filmmaker, scholar, who also took one of my favorite photo shoots here), will be reading poetry at the concert. I’m delighted to have both of them – and you! – if you’d like to partake in this treat. Hit me up on my Facebook page messenger if you’re interested. This is one of what I hope to be a series of intimate concerts of my favorite music artists.

Music Videos: “Origin Tale,” “Trade

When + where: Saturday, February 29th, 5-7pm, Oakland

Featured guests —

dao strom is an artist whose work explores hybridity through melding disparate “voices”—written, sung, visual—to contemplate the intersection of personal and collective histories.  She makes music as The Sea & The Mother and is the author of five books/works: poetry/art book, You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else (Hanoi: AJAR Press, 2018); memoir, We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People, accompanied by a song-cycle, East/West (Press Otherwise, 2015); a collection of novellas, The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys (Counterpoint Press, 2006); and a novel, Grass Roof, Tin Roof (Houghton Mifflin/Mariner Books, 2003).

She is a recipient of a Creative Capital Artist Award in Literature and her work has received support from several commissions, including Oregon Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts, and grants such as APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon). Strom is a founding member of She Who Has No Master(s), a collective project of women artists and writers of the Vietnamese diaspora, co-facilitator of a PoC library collective/social engagement project, De-Canon, and the editor of diaCRITICS. Strom was born in Vietnam and grew up in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California. She lives in Portland, Oregon. https://www.daostrom.com/

Julie Thi Underhill is a photographer, filmmaker, visual artist, poet, essayist, historian, and performer. As a mixed-race daughter of the war in Việt Nam, she inherited an abiding concern for the consequences of not only that war but also other wars with high civilian casualties. She has long studied and documented the effects of the American war in Việt Nam, including both countries’ efforts to heal the physical, psychological, spiritual, and cultural legacies of war. Julie has published her writings, poetry, and photography in numerous journals and collections. Julie attended The Evergreen State College (B.A.) and University of California Berkeley (M.A.), where she taught for six years. She has served as the director of the San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival. She is currently a contributor and on the advisory board for diaCRITICS, a blog covering the arts, culture, and politics of the Vietnamese at home and in the diaspora, where she served as a managing editor from 2010 to 2013. Julie is a member of the writer’s collective She Who Has No Master(s) with recent collaborative readings in San Francisco, Portland, and Paris. She is a Lecturer at California College of the Arts, where she teaches in the Writing & Literature program. http://www.jthiunderhill.com/bioc-v-2/


Show in NYC, and we’re now Nyleau!

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photo by Elena Kulikova, effects added by author

Friends, it’s been a while! Hope you’ve been well. Just in time for our favorite season of autumn, we are emerging for the first time as Nyleau, for a show in New York at The Bowery Electric (Map Room) on Wednesday, October 9! (FB link here). We are looking forward to it, and hope to see our east coast friends there.

As to the elephant in the room….You may be asking, what’s the deal behind the new name?

Lots actually!

The name is a result of a long and gradual marination process in the last few years of quietly questioning and reclaiming our identity, while creating space for the looming desire to change (as well as embrace some practicality — hello, shorter name!).

While bittersweet, it’s a special culmination of the growth and epic journey we’ve had as Underwoman and the Believers, and the start of an exciting new chapter.

And fear not, although not our main name anymore, Underwoman and the Believers will still remain a part of our DNA and her spirit will live on in Nyleau.

Thank you for being patient with us as we transition our (internet and otherwise) presence at a pace that is gentle and honoring of where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we’re headed.  So far, it feels peaceful and right, familiar, yet new.

As always, thank you for supporting us regardless of whatever name you call us.

Love, Nyleau



Honey Hive Gallery, Outer Sunset SF, 10/28


Voodoo Boogaloo

We are so delighted to be opening this awesome line-up featuring Voodoo Boogaloo (from TX on their west coast tour), Louda, and Mosaic, on Sunday, October 28th, 6:30pm at The Honey Hive Gallery! If you like Lorde, Cardi B, Warpaint, and movie soundtrack melancholia from yours truly, this evening will be for you.

Bonus: All four acts have women writers/vocalists, so yay, you can support women-fronted bands, too!

Last but not least, please support the Honey Hive Gallery – local art/performance art spaces like this one are the lifeblood of the local music scene. You can read more about Honey Hive here.

FB event link here –> https://www.facebook.com/events/1811754985570680/

Hope to see you there!


Hotel Utah, San Francisco, 9/28

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We are back from the UK, and it’s time to play a home show with our local friends Electric Vibe, Xaina (from Stranger than Fact), and Sister Grizzly at The Hotel Utah Saloon on Friday, September 28th! Hope to see you there.

And don’t you love this comic cover? Had fun playing with it for this poster.

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/239746710041684/

Tickets now on sale: https://www.hotelutah.com/event/1743334-underwoman-believers-sister-san-francisco/

poster by/source material: C.Chen/Dear Lonely Heart #4


Dial-Up Oakland, Saturday, 7/29

Dial-up Oakland

Coming off of my high at FYF Fest, I’m excited to be playing and listening to more new music this Saturday, 7/29. Underwoman and the Believers will be headlining! There will be food (savory pies), drinks, and a mix of cool people. I can’t wait to check out Grant Earl LaValley (all the way from Joshua Tree!), Hectorine (San Francisco), and Dawn Riding (Oakland)! You can picnic, too – just bring a chair, as it will be on a concrete lot. Call the number (510) 206-0089 for the address location in Oakland.

And more details about the artists and Dial-Up Oakland (started by my dear friend Xaina of Stranger than Fact) here: https://www.facebook.com/events/153729178508772/?ref=br_rs


Hotel Utah Saloon, San Franciso, May 5

Hi, we are emerging for our first official show of 2017 to support our dear close friends Pinbokeh, with touring Tennessee band The Bad Signs, at the renowned Hotel Utah in San Francisco! It’ll be great to see you there.  Show starts at 9pm <sharp!> with us opening, so get there early!

Hotel utah




east coast tour 2016

well, the tour has already started and it’s been a blast so far in Boston and Philly. though a bit late, here is the poster of all the show dates! it’s a photograph of me looking out on the Philadelphia skyline taken by my old friend Som Prasad while i was in town for the Kungfu Necktie show. hope you will come out for (or tell your friends about) the remaining shows!



Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn, 9/13

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New York, we are coming to you again this year! I could not be more thrilled to be playing at renowned Brooklyn fixture, Pete’s Candy Store on September 13th, and will be accompanied by our dear friend Robert on the drums.  So come on out, bring a friend, and emote with us in an intimate train car setting.

More info: http://www.petescandystore.com/calendar/#event|1030pm-underwoman-and-the-believers|3407

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1661010364158749/



Kungfu Necktie, Philadelphia, 9/10


We are so excited to be playing at none other than the supercool Kungfu Necktie! Come out and support local Philly acts Madam Data and Elder Statesmen.  Madam Data is a dear friend of ours from their Bay Area days, with amazing talent that will delight you with their electronic creations. Elder Statesmen, also connected to us by a close friend, will indulge your quirky and mathy rock band leanings and get you rocking. Thank you, both, for graciously supporting us for our Philadelphia music debut! I’m so excited for how this night has come together and can’t wait!

It all happens at 7pm. Be there.

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1575724849397419/

Ticket link: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1300195?utm_source=fbTfly&utm_medium=ampOfficialEvent