Tune in today, Friday, May 1, for the latest episode of The Paste Happiest Hour, our daily livestream interview and music show hosted by Paste editor-in-chief Josh Jackson.
First up is Nahko, who has been performing solo or with his band Medicine for the People since he left home as a teenager. Born of Apache, Puerto Rican and Filipino heritage, he mixes folk and hip-hop into a one-of-a-kind style of music with a beautiful message of social healing. The band’s new album Take Your Power Back is due out on May 15. Watch his 2018 performance at the Paste Studio in New York.
BJ Barham formed North Carolina alt-country band American Aquarium in 2006, releasing 11 albums since then, including the brand new Lamentations, out now on New West Records. The new album is indeed a lament for a “broken America,” Barham says, “and all the things that lead a human being to doubting something. Every song on this record touches on something a little different.” Watch American Aquarium’s 2018 set at the Paste Studio in New York.
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Josh Jackson is Paste’s co-founder and editor-in-chief and host of The Paste Happiest Hour. Follow him on Twitter at @joshjackson.