Welcome to The New York Pulse! Here you'll find articles and interviews straight from music lovers in the heart of New York City. If you're from NYC and want to contribute to this section of the site to show us Brits what we're missing, please email me with your details and a sample of your writing!

The Used - Interview by Jocelyn as part of The New York Pulse

After finding success with hits like “Taste of Ink” and “Buried Myself Alive” (not that having your lead singer date a certain rock star’s daughter on their hit reality show hurt either), The Used are ready to topple the theory of the sophomore slump with their second album In Love and Death. After debuting in the top 10 on the album charts and receiving positive buzz by critics, bassist Jeph Howard feels they just may have gotten over the hunch and are ready to continue touring. The Used will also be the main act on the first ever “Taste Of ...
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Senses Fail - Let It Enfold You - Review by Jocelyn as part of The New York Pulse

Keeping a typically pop-punk sound, Senses Fail show us they can take the sound they made popular in NJ's local scene and take it all the way to mainstream stardom. The lead single "Buried A Lie" (I assume it's a play on the phrase buried alive) best exemplifies what their debut major label, Let It Enfold You, is all about: 3 cords, infidelities, and broken hearts. The band worked with Saves the Day producer, Steve Evetts, but that doesn't show. Unlike Saves the Day, at times it seems like the "dark" parts are somewhat contrived and the screaming could be left ...
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Saves The Day - 7-8-04 - Irving Plaza-NY, NY - Review by Jocelyn as part of The New York Pulse

Irving Plaza is not a big venue. But, selling it out is considered a big deal. Thusly, New Jersey natives and local scene gods, Saves The Day, did just that last Thursday night and left no one in the aforementioned sold out crowd disappointed. Banging out B-sides, old faves, and new tunes they pleased the crowd and was thankful to do it. One of the most polite lead singers of all time, Christopher Conley, knows what the kids want to hear. And, much to my pleasure, the band played "Always Ten Feet Tall," a rousing tale about a girl who makes ...
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Daisy Ricochet - Need (Pink Lady Records) - Review by Jocelyn as part of The New York Pulse

When I recieved the press letter for the NYC based band, Daisy Ricochet, I was apprehensive. Other critics had the audaciousness to compare the band to such supreme rock acts as Everclear, Foo Fighters, and dare they even mention, Radiohead. Ok, so they may not be any of those bands, but I mean who is? Daisy Ricochet formed about a year ago and in the process have made a very enjoyable rock album. It's not rock perfection like OK Computer, but it's a decent start. With snappy beats and sturdy rock riffs Need takes me back to the late 90's when ...
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Dashboard Confessional - A Mark A Mission A Brand A Scar Reissue (Vagrant Records) - Review by Jocelyn as part of The New York Pulse

The first time this album came out last summer it got rave reviews from top name music magazines everywhere. I read the hype without ever giving any of the record, minus its mind numbingly catching single "Hands Down", much of a listen. When the reissue came my way a few weeks back I found this a prime opportunity to see what all the hype was about. I was surprised to listen and find that the hype was just that, hype. I mean it's not a bad album. It's just not so amazing. There are certain stand out songs, my favorite being ...
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Tyler Hilton - Article by Jocelyn as part of The New York Pulse

Foreward: I can’t be rocking hard all the time and since I have a soft spot for cute guys who play sensitive acoustic pop rock, here is my ode to the genre. I hope you enjoy! Twenty-year-old California native Tyler Hilton is already feeling the effects of his impending fame. And, it is not because he shares any relation to that of a more famous Hilton. In other words they’re not related and no sex tape, at least not yet. The acoustic guitar-wielding troubadour already finds his name in the press, thanks to his charming good looks and an already failed celebrity ...
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Audio Learning Center - Interview by Jocelyn as part of The New York Pulse

Cope Park, the sophomore release from Vagrant’s Indie darlings Audio Learning Center, reflects a somber mood. It’s combination of almost grunge-like cords and stomping beats is balanced by less thrashing moments like vocalist Chris Brady’s straightforward singing style. The trio formed in 1998 when early 90’s Seattle rock contemporaries Brady and guitarist Steven Birch were joined by drummer Paul Johnson and was quickly picked up by the label when owner Rich Egan heard a demo of the band. Two records later the band still defies the Vagrant stereotype and makes music the way they want to. I recently talked to vocalist ...
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Mr North - Article by Jocelyn as part of The New York Pulse

The up and coming Irish rock quartet, mrnorth, got together in the late 90’s and made a name for themselves in their hometown of Dublin as well as in Vicenza, Italy. Now they hope to do the same here in America and lead singer and guitarist, Colin Smith, knows talking about his music is the way of doing it, yet like many young men now a days he’s get one thing on his mind: Angelina Jolie. With a debut album, LIFESIZE (released on March 9), out Smith finds the idea of describing his music nerve racking. Though most of the time ...
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No Motiv - Article by Jocelyn as part of The New York Pulse

SoCal rockers No Motiv are ready to “Party Hard” as they embark on a tour this spring with metal head love child Andrew WK. The quartet, which formed in Oxnard, California in 1995, has always found themselves unsure of where they fit in a touring climate. But, they are excited to be touring in support of their third album “Daylight Breaking” with an artist that draws as unique and diverse an audience as Andrew WK. Guitarist and vocalist Max McDonald said, “It’s gonna be a cool tour because it’s with Andrew WK, and Locust. We’ve always felt like the skitsos on tours. ...
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