More than 30 bands played the Paste Studio in New York City in May. We welcomed modern jazz ensembles and classic pop-punk groups, soul sisters and actual sisters. And after polling our local staff and interns, here are the five sessions from last month that you need to watch right now.
This month, The Secret Sisters—the country-folk project between actual sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers— will release You Don’t Own Me Anymore, a followup to 2014’s Put Your Needle Down. After filing for personal bankruptcy and abandoning music temporarily, the two have climbed back on their feet, with help from Brandi Carlile and a successful crowd-funding campaign. As a result, the songs on You Don’t Own Me Anymore, are filled with a renewed confidence that can be heard on the three songs below. —Carter Shelter
This 21-year-old Canadian troubadour with a breathtaking baritone visited the Paste Studio recently to perform tracks from his debut self-titled record, released earlier last month. Wall’s third song of the day, “Kate McCannon,” seemed to resurrect the tradition of the murder ballad—telling the story of an honest guy who quits his rambling to settle down with his beloved, only to find her out by the creek with another man. After some mild cajoling, Wall also offered a solo rendition of Townes Van Zandt’s “Snake Mountain Blues,” which appears on his debut. —Natalia Barr
Seattle jokesters Minus the Bear visited the Paste Studio this week, where they performed a few tracks from their sixth studio album, VOIDS. For anyone who has followed the group from its early-’00s days, you’ll know of Minus the Bear’s penchant for winking song titles, like “Hey! Is That a Ninja Up There?” and “Get Me Naked 2: The Electric Boogaloo.” VOIDS is a bit more striaghrforward, though, and you can check out songs like “Last Kiss,” “Give & Take” and “Invisible” below. —Rachel Brodsky
Collaborations between two independently successful artists can be tricky to nail, often times sounding more like friends playing on each others’ songs rather than a true melding of ideas. With Rogue + Jaye, a duo featuring Rogue Wave’s Zach Rogue and singer-songwriter Courtney Jaye, that’s not the case, though. The pair stopped by the Paste Studio to play songs from their debut album Pent Up, which came out last month. —Carter Shelter
Pop-punk stalwarts The Bouncing Souls trekked north from their New Jersey headquarters to join us for a rare acoustic performance. Playing without their “backbone”—bassist Bryan Kienlen and drummer George Rebelo— singer-guitarist Greg Attonito and guitarist Pete Steinkopf barreled through four favorites from The Bouncing Souls’ extensive catalog, which stretches back from 1994’s The Good, the Bad & the Argyle to their most recent record, 2016’s Simplicity. —Matthew Oshinsky