Throughout 2011, we’ve had the privilege of working with some incredible artists who have taken part in a wide variety of Paste
sessions. From inside a historic military fort to on board a Ferris Wheel
, from the shores of Lake Michigan to the Gulf of Mexico to our offices in Decatur, Ga., we captured hundreds of videos. Here are our 25 favorites.
5. The Civil Wars – “Barton Hallow”
Weeks after playing the first Live from Paste session in our new office earlier in the year, The Civil Wars played a nine-song set at the Paste Party during SXSW.
5. Dawes – “Time Spent In Los Angeles”
2011 was a great year for Dawes. Frontman Taylor Goldsmith collaborated with Deer Tick’s John McCauley and Delta Spirit’s Matthew Vasquez in the Americana supergroup Middle Brother, worked with Robbie Robertson on his recent solo record and earned his permanent group a role as the former member of The Band’s touring group. But the band found time to play through its entire new album at Paste before its release.
3. GIVERS – “Up, Up, Up”
Pensacola Beach, Fla.
Paste traveled down to DeLuna Fest, where we recorded takeaway sessions with several artists performing at the beach-side festival. Watch lighthearted Louisiana indie rockers GIVERS perform “Up, Up, Up” inside their hotel room not long after they finished their set.
2. Fitz and the Tantrums – “Moneygrabber”
Bands from Los Angeles are often more style over substance, dressing and acting like veteran musicians on, say, a Sunset Strip stage while their sound is still in chrysalis. But every so often a group like Fitz and the Tantrums comes around with the chops to back up an L.A. swagger—both a familiar yet rousing soul-pop sound that transports you back to nostaligic heartache and a live performance which involves the audience—singing, dancing, clapping, screaming—from start to finish. But they forgot the swagger.—Eli Kooris
1. Middle Brother – “Middle Brother”
Few bands have more fun playing together than Middle Brother. It’s something that was quite evident throughout Newport Folk Festival as Taylor Goldsmith, John McCauley and Matt Vasquez ran around the grounds as if it was their day to conquer. To put it simply, this Americana supergroup was on fire all day. While their actual set turned plenty of heads, their session in the Paste Ruins stood out as our favorite of the year.