Saturday, July 7
In just a couple of years Sleigh Bells has gone from mysterious noise-pop underdog to dance-punk champion. The Brooklyn-based duo of guitarist/producer Derek Miller and vocalist Alexis Krauss pump out massive, pounding beats, neon-electric guitar riffs, and melodic vocals that helped to spark a musical movement that now includes acts like Grimes, Charli XCX, and Cults. The immediately catchy pop hooks on their latest album Reign of Terror stand in contrast to the frantic hardcore bass kicking and pounding crash on songs like “Born to Lose” and their latest single “Comeback Kid.” Reign of Terror is a clear follow-up to their 2010 record Treats, which had its own slick combination of genres, crunching guitars, and hammering beats, but Terror takes those trends and pumps up the volume while mixing in aspects of R&B and synth-pop. This band has an intense live energy, partially captured by their recordings, but only fully expressed on stage. Last time Sleigh Bells came to Buffalo they played at the Mohawk Place, this time they’ve moved up to the Town Ballroom. Who knows where they’ll even fit the next time they come to town, so don’t miss them this Saturday (July 7) at the Ballroom with synth-pop trio—and fellow brooklynites—Class Actress and rapper Jel. —cory perla
8pm Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. (852-3900 /townballroom.com). $20 advance, $24 day of show 16+.