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Tell me / A little Q&A

Singer/songwriter Chris Trapper, best known for fronting Boston-based pop/rock trio the Push Stars, will hit the Tralf (622 Main St.) at 8 p.m. Thursday.

The Western New York native is on the road with a new collection of songs, "Til' the Last Leaf Falls," which is due out Tuesday. Trapper said he remembers going to shows at the Tralf when he was younger and "dreaming of stepping on stage there." He took time to talk about his new songs ahead of Thursday's show.

>Are you excited to perform your new material now?

Yes. I spent all summer writing material for this new record. I recorded in late August and early September; so now it's all very fresh and new to me, which is all very exciting.

>"Til' the Last Leaf Falls" is said to be a darker departure for you.

It's definitely a little bit moodier and ethereal. I recently bought a piano, and there are four songs I wrote with piano, which has put me in a different direction songwriting wise. I'm also putting on my own version of "This Time," which was featured on the "August Rush" soundtrack.

>What are your aspirations for this new record?

I feel like I am kind of on a path -- a cyclical one. I am not at a point where I'm going to be the next Britney Spears or anything like that. My goal, like it has been for the past five or six years, has been to write and record songs that mean something to people. I want to be more of a lifetime artist that has substance in people's lives, that writes that song that people can never forget.

>You have been invited to perform at the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty event (taking place today) at the United Nations in New York City. How did this come about?

I have a couple of fans who work for one of the organizations that is running the event. One of my fans contacted me to play for it. That friend thought if I could write a song that was suitable for the event, they'd contact me. It's a pretty prestigious event. It's something I've never done before. Playing Nietzsche's to the UN -- it's a nice transition.

-- Robert Frezza, Special to The News

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