Now that Paste’s New York City studio is working in full force, we’re hosting multiple Facebook Live sessions each day. To catch them, just tune in via our Facebook page. But if you miss a session, don’t despair; all of those recorded shows live in perpetuity in the Paste Cloud. Out of the 30-plus acts that graced us with their presence and performances, here are five of our favorite Paste studio sessions from January 2017.
1. Tift Merritt
Raleigh-based singer/song writer/rock ‘n’ roller Tift Merritt impressed the entire New York City office audience with her down-to-earth charm. The songs from her new album Stitch of the World, which dropped late January, trace Merritt’s unexpected life changes over the past few years.
2. Dropkick Murphys
After a career spanning more than two decades, we can safely say that Dropkick Murphys are some of the nicest dudes in the biz. The Boston-based punk rock band stopped by the studio the first week of the month, coincidentally, the same week they released their ninth album, 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory.
ALA.NI is a true rising star. The multicultural singer—who was born to Grenadian parents, grew up in England, and now lives in Paris—seems to translate the essence of classic musicals into the modern era. Listen in for her definition of “snogging” and three songs from her debut LP You & I, already out in Europe and the U.K., and due out in America this spring.
Back with their sophomore LP, & I’m Fine Today, Charelston’s SUSTO dropped by to play a few songs from their new album. The band blends earnest alterative rock with beachside optimism, and is currently touring the U.S. on its first national headline tour.
5. Nikki Lane
Country singer Nikki Lane is at ease in front of the camera. It makes sense, as the 33-year-old has two albums to her name (her third, Highway Queen is due out on February 17), a vintage shop called High Class Hillbilly, and a few modeling gigs with companies like Midnight Rider to her name. She performed a few of the songs of her forthcoming album in the Paste Studios late last month.