High Voltage Magazine

HYPE IT UP: And Then There Were None

posted by High Voltage Staff | Saturday, July 26, 2008 | 7:18 PM
High Voltage introduces the launch of our newest section, HYPE IT UP. Just a little taste of our latest discoveries. First up, And Then There Were None!

Hyped By: Naimah Holmes

New Hampshire produces Techno/Dance/Club banging bands? Apparently so, and their name is And Then There Were None (to be known hence forth at ATTWN). This is more than that cutesy, danceable, overly eager stuff your BFF sent you via sendspace. THESE are quality jams with heavier lyrics than those synth-loving tweens are ready to handle! ATTWN is Matt Rhoades (Vocals/Programming), Sean Sweeney (Guitar/Vocals),Nick Massahos(Guitar/Vocals), Ryan Manning (Drums),and Matt McComish (Synths). All of that manpower behind songs such as "Action is the Anecdote," with it's booming chorus and bridges covered in hand-claps, the cautionary "John Orr the Arsonist" and the dizzying "Occam's Razor" you will dance 'til you drop. Or at least brace yourself halfway through so you can enjoy the guys' rendition of "Heaven." So make room in your basement or bedroom, passenger seat space is required for the dance party ATTWN will create.

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The Sort - Resentment, Despair, & Other Amusements

posted by High Voltage Staff | Friday, July 25, 2008 | 4:36 PM

The Sort
Resentment, Despair, & Other Amusements
(Black Bag Records)
Reviewed By: Izzy Cihak

While "Mean Nouns" is most likely the hippest song title of 2008, The Sort are probably not going to find themselves on the pages of Vice Magazine, sharing bills with Girl Talk, or partaking in any other cliché sponsored by American Apparel. Instead, the sound of the Richmond-based five-piece's debut album, Resentment, Despair, & Other Amusements, hearkens back to the mid-90s, a time when girl-fronted bands were allowed to kick ass, a time when something had to be more than ironic to be cool, and a time when teen angst was shouted, not pouted. (read more)


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Peter Murphy in Philadelphia

posted by High Voltage Staff | Friday, July 18, 2008 | 10:51 AM

Peter Murphy
@ The Trocadero
Philadelphia, PA
June 29, 2008
Reviewed By: Izzy Cihak

Well, it seems as though Ziggy and the Spiders are fighting again. After nearly two years back together and their first studio album in 25 years Bauhaus have broken up for the third time. With this, Love and Rockets are now playing some of this year's biggest festivals and Peter Murphy, who's looking more and more like John Waters as Caligari's Cesare every day, is bringing his "Retrospective" tour to half-capacity clubs across America. (read more)

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Sunset Strip Music Festival 2008

posted by High Voltage Staff | Tuesday, July 1, 2008 | 2:05 PM

This past weekend saw Los Angeles' first Sunset Strip Music Festival. An attempt to remember and bring back the vibrant Sunset Strip rock n roll (and well, music in general) history. Opening night started by honoring former club owners Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri, and Elmer Valentine. Then the evening continued throughout the strip with performances by Soul Asylun, LA Guns and more. Friday was just as spectacular as Slash joined B Real at the Whisky A Go Go, but it was probably the hip hop violinist beforehand that stole the show. Saturday brought about a free parking lot concert featuring Camp Freddy, Pop Noir and more that ended up emphasizing how much the music industry really is suffering as people won't even show up for a FREE show. All-in-all the festival was quite successful for its first year and I'll definitely return to see what the strip brings next year. ~ Chelsea Schwartz

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Slash introducing Mario Maglieri:

Tommy Chong introducting Lou Adler:

Soul Asylum live at House of Blues:

LA Guns live at the Whisky A Go Go:

Camp Freddy live at 8755 Sunset Blvd:

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