• Live at Paste Studio

    Beloved Australian bass ace Tal Wilkenfeld has shared the stage with the likes of Prince, Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger. In March, she graced our own "stage" for a Paste Studio session, just ahead of her new album's release. Love Remains is her debut vocal album, but you'd never know it based on Wilkenfeld's smooth, honeyed voice in this session. She brought one of the biggest groups we've had in our studio, featuring a cellist, three violinists, a guitarist, keys and drums.

  • The ‘It Books’ of Summers Past

    We’ve revisited the books that defined the season over the past 50 years — and what they reveal about the country at a particular moment.

  • Originalism and the Law of the Past

    There is a well-known gulf between the way many originalist scholars and jurists think about constitutional law and the way many credentialed historians do. (This conference at the Stanford Constitutional Law Center a few years ago (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) is a great introduction.) Why do so many legal scholars rely on Founding-era history even when historians say they shouldn't? How can responsible legal scholars expect to find answers where historians find ambiguity and disagreement? And how can we...

  • Live at Paste Studio

    John Vanderslice, a musician and producer who's worked with everyone from Sleater-Kinney to Spoon, stepped away from his own music in 2014 to focus on his recording studio, Tiny Telephone, located in the Bay Area. He returned to his solo work this year, with the new album The Cedars , which arrived in April. As it happens, he has as much finesse in our studio as he does his own: Vanderslice visited Paste to perform two songs from the record ("I'll Wait For You" and "I Got Shit To Lose") and chat...

  • Live at Paste Studio

    Coheed & Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez and his wife Chondra Echert performed a special acoustic set in the Paste Studio this April, following the release of the rock band's latest studio album The Unheavenly Creatures last October. They performed two songs from that record, "The Gutter" ("a song about finding redemption in a relationship that seems otherwise lost and hopeless," Echert said) and "Lucky Stars," plus a stripped-down yet smooth cover of Sting's "Englishman in New York."

  • Holbrooke and the power of the past

    The late Richard Holbrooke was a liar. He was often disingenuous, betraying his friends as well as his lovers, flattering political gargoyles — Jesse Helms, for instance. He could be thoroughly dislikable, but he failed in that regard with me. I liked him. He was a friend. Holbrooke in all his

  • "Don't Let Your Past Go Easy"

    Sunday night saw another double billing at mActivity’s East Rock Concert series, a near-perpetual lineup of acoustic music gems curated by Fernando Pinto. Rounding the corner to stroll up to the venue, I came across musician Randy Burns holding a cigarette and sitting on the steps of the venue, looking like he’d always sat there, with the ease of a performer who has been enjoying the preshow nicotine for decades. This was, after all, a homecoming show.

  • Could humans live past 122?

    Human life expectancy has more than doubled in the last two centuries.

  • Cartoon: If Facebook had existed in the past

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  • Here's what happened this past week on the campaign trail

    There was a lot happening on the campaign trail this week.

  • Here's what happened this past week on the campaign trail

    There was a lot happening on the campaign trail this week.

  • Paste's Favorite Games from E3 2019

    E3 still shows games. Weird! Here are our favorites from this year's show.