Monday, December 15, 2014
Live At Paste: Aloft Hotel Sessions
Nashville draws many up-and-coming musicians, including locally-based band Judah and the Lion. The band’s members met at Nashville’s Belmont University, and although they spend most of their time on the road these days, they still have an adoring fan base waiting for them at home. We saw this first hand when the band performed at Aloft Cool Springs, right outside of the city in Franklin, Tennessee. Watch Judah & the Lion perform “Everything Changes” from their recent release Kids These Days live at Aloft Cool Springs in the player above.
At Aloft Arundel Mills, we caught up with Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Dan Mangan, who released his first set of EPs in 2003. Now, with a couple Juno Awards and four LPs under his belt, he’s expanding his sound as Dan Mangan and Blacksmith, a new name that pairs Mangan’s scrupulous songwriting with a sort of synth innovation we haven’t seen on previous records. His latest single, “Vessel,” came through just as powerfully live with two people as it does in the studio version.
Spencer Cullum, Jr. and Jeremy Fetzer have played behind plenty of our favorite musicians, from Johnny Fritz to Caitlin Rose, but their instrumental project, Steelism, has been particularly refreshing. No two performances from Steelism are alike, and any chance to spend an evening with the band’s upbeat music is one we’d jump at. Fortunately, at Aloft Birmingham Soho Square, our cameras caught the band in action playing "Caught in a Pickle".