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Sleigh Bells

Undoubtedly one of the biggest breakout bands of the year, dance rock duo Sleigh Bells stops in at Mohawk Place this Friday. They turned a lot of heads at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon, and the success is continuing to snowball with exposure from the likes of Pitchfork and The New Yorker. They’re on the bill for Coachella this summer, and are releasing their debut album, Treats, this May on Mom + Pop Music in special partnership with M.I.A.’s label N.E.E.T. Not bad for a band that has zero releases to their name and a handfull of self-produced EP’s. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Sleigh Bells is made up of guitarist/songwriter/beat-maker Derek Miller and singer Alexis Krauss, who was recruited by Miller when she ate at the restaurant where he was working as a server. Miller, a former member of Florida hardcore band Poison the Well, and Krauss, a school teacher who spent time in the band RubyBlue, dropped their hardcore and teenpop schticks respectively and teamed up to produce abrasive, hectic, and explosively danceable tunes. Miller lays down grainy, lo-fi beats, pops them into his I-Pod, and lets sonic hell break loose. The blown-out, distorted power chords of Miller’s guitar coupled with the sassy hipster front of Krauss makes for a fun but nonetheless volatile rave that flourishes in the live setting. Volume is a big deal here, and in a venue like Mohawk Place, they’re sure to blow the roof off. Buffalo’s Shock & Awe DJs open the show.

—jon wheelock

8pm. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. (855-3931 /