High Voltage Magazine

Ludo - Love Me Dead

posted by CHELSEA | Tuesday, January 29, 2008 | 2:39 PM
Recently the world of music videos has seen tons of artists turning their song into a short movie. Think of Panic! At The Disco and The Killers latest videos. However, when was the last time you watched a lead singer perform in his own video like he's in Broadway musical? Singer, Andrew Volpe, of the band Ludo definitely hits that note in their one-shot video for "Love Me Dead" that features several fascinating escapades in the background. It could be the best music video I've seen since OK Go hit those treadmills. Check it out!

Myspace | Official Page

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Out Of The Cold

posted by High Voltage Staff | Sunday, January 27, 2008 | 7:11 PM
I'm not sure how recycling works but if you gathered a years worth of PBR cans, threw them in an aluminum shredder (I’m pretty sure they crush cans but bear with me) and just let them do their thing that would somewhat give you the idea of Wisconsin’s own Father Phoenix.

Formed out of the vibrant Milwaukee hardcore scene, Father Phoenix has spent the last two years destroying basements with their grimy punk rock style and building a two story library, complete with ladders (you know, the kind with wheels), full of material.

With the release of their self titled album on the upstart label Mice Unite, Father Phoenix will be spending 2008 improving on their already stellar reputation and drinking every beer in the brew city, in no particular order.

So check out their jams and if you’re feeling up to it, purchase the record. — Sean Williamson



Brad Walsh

What can be said about Brad Walsh that you can't find via Google?! But please don't go and believe everything you read on Wikipedia PLEASE!!

Form your own opinion people!! And while you do that listen to the glam-fantastic-amazing-dancable-ultra-exciting-let's-get-on-that-dancefloor-and-tear-it-up-stylings of BW.

So, no, he's wasn't born in the 60's, nor is he a baby-daddy. He is, however, a photographer,the man who brought us Junk-mag.com, and a Dj to top it all off.

That IT everyone talks about... I'm sure he's the source. — Naimah Holmes

MySpace | Official Site | junk-mag.com


Just Sayin' Please

posted by Just M! | Saturday, January 26, 2008 | 1:50 PM
Who do I have to talk to to make this happen? Seriously. Need contact information. My little music crush, Operator Please, have yet to lilly dally their way through the US of A. They've played shows in NY and LA but not enough times. Is there a petition that needs signing? What's the deal?!

In case you're still in the dark, here's some visual knowledge.

New Video: "Get What You Want"

What more can be done to get them over here besides physically kidnapping them? Last I checked that was still illegal. Any suggestions?!

For the rest of you on this planet, if you're lucky enough to be within driving distance from any of their gigs, please go out and support.

Jan 28 @ Big Day Out Melbourne Flemington Racecourse --- Melbourne
Feb 1 @ Big Day Out Adelaide Showground --- Adelaide
Feb 3 @ Big Day Out Perth Claremont Showground --- Perth
Feb 6 @ Karova Lounge --- Ballarat, Victoria
Feb 7 @ The Pub --- Bendigo, Victoria
Feb 8 @ Albury City Convention & Performing Arts Centre --- Albury, New South Wales
Feb 9 @ Peninsula Lounge --- Moorooduc, Victoria
Feb 10 @ St. Kilda Beach --- St. Kilda, Victoria
Feb 14 @ New Slang At The Works --- Kingston, London
Feb 15 @ Pure Groove Records Instore --- London
Feb 17 @ The Watershed, Wimbledon --- Wimbledon, London
Feb 18 @ The Bodega Social Club --- Nottingham, Midlands
Feb 20 @ L’Ubu - Les Inrocks Indie Club Tour --- Rennes
Feb 21 @ La Maroquinerie - Les Inrocks Indie Club Tour --- Paris, France
Feb 22 @ La Cartonnerie - Les Inrocks Indie Club Tour --- Reims
Feb 23 @ Le Grand Mix - Les Inrocks Indie Club Tour --- Tourcoing
Feb 25 @ Pressure Point --- Brighton, London and South East
Feb 27 @ The Faversham --- Leeds, Northwest
Feb 28 @ The Barfly --- Glasgow, Scotland

If you ever get this, dear members of Operator Please, please consider playing one of our High Voltage Nights! We'd looove to have you. Like a lot.

Please and Thank You...

MySpace | Official Site

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MGMT - "Time To Pretend" video

posted by Just M! | Thursday, January 24, 2008 | 9:22 PM
This video has elements that have become way too common in many of my dreams (and wake life): bodies of water, frolicking, fire, space travel, vibrant colors, babies, poor Photoshop skills, shirtless pretty boy, and kittens!



Don't know what the hell a MGMT is? Two dudes who make cool trippy music. Or ask the hip kid standing next to you.

Jan 25 @ The Casbah * --- San Diego, CA
Jan 26 @ Echo * --- Los Angeles, CA
Jan 28 @ Bottom of The Hill * --- Oakland, CA
Jan 30 @ Holocene * --- Portland, OR
Jan 31 @ Neumos * --- Seattle, WA
Feb 1 @ The Bourbon * --- Vancouver
Feb 2 @ Neurolux * --- Boise, ID
Feb 3 @ Kilby Court * --- Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 4 @ Hi-Dive * --- Denver, CO
Feb 6 @ The Slowdown * --- Omaha, NE
Feb 7 @ 7th Street Entry * --- Minneapolis, MN
Feb 8 @ Schubas Tavern * --- Chicago, IL
Feb 9 @ El Mocambo * --- Toronto, Ontario
Feb 10 @ La Sala Rossa * --- Montreal
Feb 12 @ Great Scott * --- Allston, MA
Feb 13 @ Bowery Ballroom * --- New York, NY
Feb 14 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg * --- Brooklyn, NY
Feb 15 @ Johnny Brenda’s --- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 23 @ l’Omnibus (la Route du Rock) --- Saint Malo
Feb 25 @ Maroquinerie --- Paris, France
Feb 26 @ Koko (NME show) --- London
Feb 28 @ The Bodega --- Nottingham
Feb 29 @ The Beat Club --- Glasgow, Scotland
Mar 1 @ Night & Day --- Manchester
Mar 3 @ Bar Academy --- Birmingham
Mar 4 @ Pressure Point --- Brighton
Mar 5 @ ICA --- London, London
Mar 6 @ Paradiso (upstairs) --- Amsterdam
Mar 7 @ Lido --- Berlin, Germany

* appearing with Yeasayer

MySpace | Official Site


Coachella Line-Up

posted by High Voltage Staff | Tuesday, January 22, 2008 | 9:42 PM

For those of you who find spending days hours on end with thousands of your closest sweaty friends listening to music, you're probably grinning. The line up for this year's Coachella has been announced.

FRIDAY, APRIL 25: Jack Johnson, The Verve, Raconteurs, The Breeders, Fatboy Slim, Tegan and Sara, Madness, The Swell Season, The National, Animal Collective, Slightly Stoopid, Mum, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Stars, Battles, Aesop Rock, Midnight Juggernauts, Does it Offend you, Yeah?, Minus the Bear, Spank Rock, dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Diplo, Adam Freeland, Santo Gold, Jens Lekman, John Butler Trio, Vampire Weekend, Dan Deacon, Architecture in Helsinki, Sandra Collins, Busy P, Cut Copy, Black Lips, Datarock, Professor Murder, Reverend and the Makers, The Bees, Porter, Rogue Wave, Modeselektor, American Bang, Lucky I Am.

SATURDAY, APRIL 26: Portishead, Kraftwerk, Death Cab for Cutie, Cafe Tacuba, Sasha & Digweed, Rilo Kiley, Dwight Yoakam, M.I.A., Hot Chip, Cold War Kids, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, DeVotchKa, Flogging Molly, Mark Ronson, Turbonegro, Scars on Broadway, Islands, Enter Shikari, Calvin Harris, Boyz Noize, Junkie XL, Cinematic Orchestra, Jamie T, The Teenagers, VHS or Beta, Carbon/silicon, Erol Alkan, Yo Majesty!, Little Brother, Bonde Do Role, St. Vincent, Akron Family, MGMT, Institubes DJs (Surkin, Para One and Orgasmic), James Zabiela, Sebastian, Kavinsky, Dredg, The Bird and the Bee, Grand Ole Party, New Young Pony Club, 120 Days, Yoav, Electric Touch, Uffie

SUNDAY, APRIL 27: Roger Waters (“Dark Side of the Moon”), Love & Rockets, My Morning Jacket, Spiritualized, Justice, Gogol Bordello, Chromeo, The Streets, Metric, Danny Tenaglia, Simian Mobile Disco, Booka Shade, Murs, Dmitri from Paris, Autolux, The Field, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Les Savy Fav, The Cool Kids, Sons & Daughters, Sia, Holy Fuck, Black Kids, Black Mountain, The Annuals, Kid Sister w/A-Trak, Man Man, Duffy, I'm from Barcelona, Manchester Orchestra, Deadmau5, The Horrors, Austin TV, Shout Out Louds, Plastiscines, Brett Dennen



SXSW... shhh!!!

posted by High Voltage Staff | Sunday, January 20, 2008 | 10:15 PM
SXSWAny music fan's wet dream, a week full of music, rubbing elbows with some of your favorite artists and SOON to be favorites, noon parties with a full bar, and everything else that falls under the category of rock 'n' roll debauchery -- some folk have coined this event as SXSW (that's South By Southwest for those who just crawled out of a cave). It is QUICKLY approaching! Although the official list of artists performing in Austin, TX this year has yet to be released, a list has been compiling of rumored artists who could attend.

If you don't mind speculation and just want a list of Maybe's to drool over, feast your eyes on the "might be showing up" list drawn up by the Austinist.

[ Image from SXSW Official Site ]


Ozzy Osbourne + More

posted by High Voltage Staff | Thursday, January 17, 2008 | 7:22 PM
Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie & In This Moment
Reviewed by Izzy Cihak

In a time when rock's greatest stars have become middle-aged family men and worthwhile younger bands are confined to clubs, even the year's best arena rock tour can look more like Spinal Tap than The Song Remains the Same. This was the case when Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, and In This Moment graced the stage of the Wachovia Spectrum. But, let's face it, even when an artist is a little (or quite a bit, as the last third of the night proved) past their prime, it's hard not to get excited about a full night of rock anthems, pyrotechnics, and lighthearted blasphemy. (read more)

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Kate Nash - Made Of Bricks

posted by High Voltage Staff | Wednesday, January 16, 2008 | 9:19 AM
Kate Nash
Made of Bricks

With the changing of years comes a new brassy, underage, British songstress gracing MTV. Surprisingly, this time around the Date Show Network is actually pushing someone worth listening to. After cracking the top 40 in several European countries, Kate Nash's debut album, Made of Bricks, has finally made its way to the states. The album is a collection of delightfully told fables about things like a friendship with a skeleton and a girl who chose to glue her mouth shut. (read more)

Official Site | Myspace

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You're gonna Die Tonight!

posted by High Voltage Staff | Tuesday, January 15, 2008 | 5:25 PM
Wounded Cougar, the best bred musicians in LA, with their balls-out in-your-face big rock n roll have released their first music video today for the song "Die Tonight." It's got utterly cheesy violence and death to match their magically crafted genius band. You just gotta watch it!

For more Wounded Cougar goodness visit their Myspace.

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Gangsta Rap Rock

posted by Just M! | Sunday, January 13, 2008 | 6:21 PM

Say whaa?

What happens when you listen to Tupac and Eminem (to name a few) but have an inner rockstar fighting to get out? You get the start of something good. Meet Hyro Da Hero, only 20 years old, from Houston, TX. Hyro’s sound is straight gangsta flow over rock and roll beats, guaranteed to get you to bob your head and take notice. His lyrics aren't thrown together just because they rhyme or sound good. They have a message behind them, something hip-hop seems to have lost in recent years. In a groundbreaking maneuver, Hyro Da Hero has made his own mixtape, a collection of his own material available online for free download via his iLike page. Just a taste of what is yet to come!

"Tainted Love" [mp3]
"Enter the Dragon" [mp3]

You like? Download the rest of his mixtape over on iLike.

MySpace | iLike

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Happy Birthday David Johansen!

posted by CHELSEA | Wednesday, January 9, 2008 | 2:51 PM

I'd like to send massive Happy Birthday love to "my father" of proto-punk David Johansen (New York Dolls). David is turning 58 on this fine day, some 37 years after the formation of the New York Dolls. The dolls being one of my personal all-time favorite bands. SO...


Leave David some birthday love in the comments section. Which reminds me, the New York Dolls will be touring the USA in February & March. Make sure you catch one of these shows:

Feb 12 2008 Ram’s Head Live @ Baltimore, Maryland
Feb 14 2008 New Alhambra Arena @ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 15 2008 Stone Pony @ Asbury Park, New Jersey
Feb 16 2008 Paradise @ Boston, Massachusetts
Feb 18 2008 Phoenix Concert Theatre @ Toronto, Ontario
Feb 19 2008 Tralf Music Hall @ Buffalo, New York
Feb 20 2008 Beachland Ballroom @ Cleveland, Ohio
Feb 22 2008 The Majestic Theatre @ Detroit, Michigan
Feb 23 2008 Double Door @ Chicago, Illinois
Feb 24 2008 Fine Line @ Minneapolis, Minnesota
Feb 26 2008 Gothic Theatre @ Denver, Colorado
Feb 28 2008 Big Easy @ Boise, Idaho
Feb 29 2008 Berbatis Pan @ Portland, Oregon
Mar 1 2008 Plaza Club @ Vancouver, CANADA
Mar 2 2008 El Corazon @ Seattle, Washington
Mar 5 2008 Fillmore @ San Francisco, California
Mar 7 2008 Henry Fonda Theatre @ Los Angeles, California
Mar 8 2008 Jillians @ Las Vegas, Nevada
Mar 9 2008 House of Blues @ Anaheim, California
Mar 10 2008 Belly Up Tavern @ Solana Beach, California


Upcoming HV Night : 1/21

posted by High Voltage Staff | Tuesday, January 8, 2008 | 9:20 PM

Friends! Just a few weeks away, mark it down in your calendars!! High Voltage is throwing another bash at Safari Sam's (5214 W. Sunset Blvd) in Hollywood on January 21!!! Kicking off the night will be Whiskey Circus, followed by a night of rock with the Blessings, Crystal Antlers, and Sky Parade.

Doors are at 8pm, just 5 bucks to get in, and it's all ages so bring your little brother Stuey and Grandma Bea!

And as always there will be food, drinks, music, and good times shared. What more could you honestly need? Come one, come all. We look forward to seeing you!

* We'll also be giving away some sweet little singing items... come and find out what the fuss is about.


Justice & Chromeo on Spring Myspace Tour!

I just received word that Justice will be headlining the upcoming spring Myspace music tour! Justice is an amazing electro rock band that I've been in love with since I first saw this video in July:

Also on the tour are High Voltage favorites Chromeo (which we have been spinning on our DJ nights since May) amongst other great acts such as Fancy & Busy P!

The following is the schedule for the Spring 2008 MySpace Music Tour:

3/3 Austin, TX Stubbs
3/4 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
3/6 Orlando, FL The Club at Firestone
3/9 Baltimore, MD Sonar
3/10 Philadelphia, PA The Electric Factory
3/11 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
3/12 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
3/15 Boston, MA Paradise
3/16 Montreal, PQ Cepsum
3/17 Toronto, ON The Docks
3/19 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Hall
3/20 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
3/22 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
3/24 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
3/25 Vancouver, BC Commodore
3/26 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
3/27 San Francisco, CA Concourse Design Center
3/31 Los Angeles, CA Mayan Theatre

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Dave Evans Interview

posted by High Voltage Staff | Monday, January 7, 2008 | 7:22 AM
What do the videos for AC/DC's "Can I Sit Next To You, Girl?" and Rabbit's "Lady La Di Da" have in common? Read High Voltage's interview with lead singer/frontman Dave Evans and get the inside scoop into Dave's life. (read more)


You Say Party! We Say Die! - Lose All Time

posted by High Voltage Staff | Sunday, January 6, 2008 | 8:59 PM
You Say Party! We Say Die!
Lose All Time [EP]
(Fierce Panda)
reviewed by Jill Wierenga

Consistent with the current dance-punk leanings of their sonar peers, You Say Party! We Say Die! have come to conquer, and these Vancouver natives are not going down without a fight. (read more)

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Raveonettes US Tour Dates

Wonder what they're looking at... probably the vast space known as the US of A! Supporting the upcoming release of Lust Lust Lust (in stores February 19), the Raveonettes are spreading their haunting awesomeness with the kind US folk. They will also be all over SXSW this year, so if you're lucky enough to attend make sure to check them out with the rest of the cool kids in Austin.

02-29 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
03-01 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
03-02 Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
03-04 LA, CA @ El Rey Theatre
03-05 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
03-07 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
03-08 Vancouver, BC, CAN @ The Plaza Niteclub
03-09 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
03-17 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
03-18 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
03-19 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
03-21 Toroto, ON, CAN @ Opera House
03-22 Montreal, QC, CAN @ Les Saint
03-23 Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
03-24 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
03-27 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
03-28 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
03-29 Washington, DC @ Black Cat

VIDEO "Dead Sound" from Lust Lust Lust

Visit their MySpace page for more dates. Rave on, folk. Rave on.

MySpace | Official Site | Vice Records

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Meet : Temposhark

posted by High Voltage Staff | Thursday, January 3, 2008 | 7:26 PM

Our first band crush of 2008 has arrived! Temposhark, hailing from London, are getting ready to release their debut, The Invisible Line, in March. They've got synth power, a killer voice, and violin parts that make The Faint shake in their boots. The Invisible Line hasn't come out of the CD player since it arrived at the High Voltage office and we're sure Temposhark's sleaze-electro-rock will soon swoon you over as well.

So without further ado we'd like to welcome Temposhark as High Voltage's first 2008 artist of the moment!

MySpace | Official Site


New Contest : David Bowie Box Set!

David Bowie Box Set

Holy music crystals, Batman, new year and we've got new goodies!!! What a way to kick off a new year, right? We're happy to announce a new contest! Enter to win the David Bowie Box Set! With more than 60 bonus tracks on five albums, this box set is for collectors and any mega Bowie fan!

Contest ends January 21!

First and Last Name





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"The City Is At War"

posted by Just M! | Tuesday, January 1, 2008 | 6:23 PM
Hope you've all regained consciousness after ringing in the new year! Anybody broken their new year's resolution yet? One of mine was to find a group of people willing to profile around in white, cause social disorder, and cream people in the face with pies all the while lookin' super slick. Gangsta style. Then I watched Cobra Starship's new video and apparently it's already been done!

Happy New Year, here's pie in your eye!!!

Cobra Starship - "The City Is At War"

Good clean gangsta fun. Check out the rest of Viva La Cobra!

MySpace | Official Site