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Rebecca Silverstein

Live – Feist @ Hammerstein Ballroom | NYC

Last night, Feist played to a deliciously packed house in the first of her two shows in New York City at Hammerstein. This was the first time I had seen her perform, so I was pretty stoked for the show to begin. A little late going read more »

POSTED April 30, 2008 6:05PM IN THE TRIPWIRE

Beastie Boys – The Interview

Music has power. It is a key part of all of our lives whether we seek it out, create it ourselves, or have done as little as walk into a store or go to a high school dance. Music is powerful and can generate memories in all of us-memories we wouldn’t remember without that certain song. I remember the first time I really started listening to the Beastie Boys. Growing up in suburbia Texas read more »


Live – Foreign Born @ Bowery Ballroom | NYC

I’ve only been to The Bowery three times while living in New York; a fact which always seems to set people off upon hearing it. Yes, I live next door; yes, I’m in the music business; yes, I love the venue. But I always go out of there thinking the same thing: sound quality kind of sucked read more »

POSTED March 3, 2008 11:14AM IN THE TRIPWIRE

Too Many Hearts

What’s that you say? There’s a digital-only EP out with enough romantic lingo and smoky tones that will seduce me into making love to the guy selling coffee on the corner? Hot. read more »

POSTED February 25, 2008 11:26AM IN THE TRIPWIRE

Live – Great Northern @ Mercury Lounge | NYC

Last night, while hoards of NY-ers flocked to Madison Square Garden to check out the White Stripes, I took the Robert Frost route and went the road less traveled: Mercury Lounge to check out Great Northern. The LA-born indie-pop group opened for The Comas to a pretty tame audience; maybe because it was a Tuesday? Or maybe because their songs, love them as I may read more »

POSTED July 25, 2007 11:34AM IN THE TRIPWIRE

Live – Peter Bjorn & John @ Webster Hall | NYC

This week was “Peter Bjorn and John Week” over at Webster Hall in New York City. It was actually just two days, but I tend to exaggerate. I got a chance to check out the May 1st (sold out) show of the Swedish trio, as read more »


Getting To Know Matt Hales From Aqualung

Matt Hales of Aqualung is pretty honest about the true love of his life. Growing up above his parents’ record store in Southampton, music was just there-following him as he composed his school song at the age of 11, when he wrote his first symphony at 17, and now at 35 as Aqualung releases its second major-label US album, Memory Man – it’s his music that keeps him alive and kicking. He’s pretty busy – Aqualung’s single “Pressure Suit” has a new music video out on VH1 and is in the midst of a tour. Hales was kind enough to allow me to chat with him about peanut butter, magic 8 balls read more »

POSTED April 30, 2007 11:35AM IN THE TRIPWIRE

James Murphy Speaks Out

Clad in his power tie and sports jacket, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem sat with reporters last Friday morning for a press conference of sorts, discussing the recent backlash he and his family have faced since the release of Sounds of Silver. As expected, it turned into a festival of sarcastic read more »

POSTED April 9, 2007 12:36PM IN THE TRIPWIRE

Phantom Punch

You know that feeling when you pick up your cup and take a drink of what you think is water, but it turns out to be soda (and you get that oddly confused look on your face, spit it out, but then continue to drink it anyway)? Well, that’s how I felt while listening to Sondre Lerche’s newest release, Phantom Punch read more »

POSTED February 7, 2007 11:01AM IN THE TRIPWIRE

Wear The Strings Of A Hero

As previously reported, Relix has created the Wear Your Music campaign that includes top artists donating their guitar strings to be made into bracelets and sold to charities. Most recently one of the participating artists, Peter Frampton, appeared on The Colbert Report for the green screen challenge against those read more »

POSTED January 3, 2007 3:21PM IN THE TRIPWIRE