As they displayed at Coachella in April and again last week opening for LCD Soundsystem at the Hollywood Bowl, Sleigh Bells have no problem making enough racket to fill a big space.
The Brooklyn noise-pop duo's sharp guitar licks and ironically cheeseball/irresistably thunderous beats, as displayed on the album nobody can seem put down this year, Treats, have propelled Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss into headliner territory very quickly.
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This tension between mirth and menace makes Sleigh Bells the year's most compelling new band. With Treats (released in May on Mom+Pop Records) and in their brutal, thrilling concerts, Krauss and Miller distort the boundary between art and noise. Their melodies are almost childlike, often resembling school-yard chants or nursery rhymes, yet their rhythms pile heavy-metal riffage atop cheap mechanical beats that emphasize kicks, claps and snaps. Every element in the mix is full-blast, forcing Krauss' voice to fight for attention. Lyrics are indecipherable and so beside the point that Sleigh Bells hasn't bothered to print them.
Elsewhere: Ra Ra Riot headlines the Music Box, supported by Mercury Prize nominees Villagers. ... Blake Shelton and Joanna Smith team up at Club Nokia. ... Mary J. Blige holds forth at the Gibson Amphitheatre. ... And Ravi Shankar's 90th Birthday Celebration, scheduled for tonight at Walt Disney Concert Hall, has been postponed due to illness.
Also: Women at the Echo; Envy and La Dispute at the Troubadour; Bell X1's acoustic set at the Hotel Cafe; Sing Orpheus and Lifter at Spaceland; Brooke Fraser at Largo; Paulie Pesh, Olin & the Moon and the Steelwells at the Silverlake Loung; Odd Future at Low End Theory at the Airliner; Flyleaf at the House of Blues; Matt White and State to State at the Viper Room; Kasey Anderson at the Mint; and the Ben Fuller Band at the Roxy.