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When we talked to Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells, she had come off of a day of press, stage-design meetings, and tour rehearsal, and was kicking back in her backyard in Greenpoint, Brooklyn playing with her dog. “My dog is obsessed with playing fetch,” she said with a laugh. “The day is never over whe… More »

For the first time in the short history of this column, 5 Best Songs and Straight To Video have cross-pollenated. Which new cut transcended its visual treatment and landed on both lists? Find out below. More »

There were too many good music videos this week. Moby escaped the usual Wayne Coyne acid-reflux and made something fun and pretty and way friendlier than most of Coyne’s recent fare. TV On The Radio turned a meteor into a sympathetic character. They Might Be Giants taught pieces of broccoli how to play air guitar. More »

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Sleigh Bells, Black Bananas @ Mayan Theater, Los Angeles 2/21/12

BTW and Saturday Night Live alumnus Sleigh Bells sold out the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles bringing along six Marshall stacks, a twin Jackson guitar assault and blitzing light show in support of their latest album Reign of Terror. Jennifer Herrema’s new project Black Bananas rounded out the noisy bill. Check out the photos above… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / February 22, 2012 - 12:37 pm

Watch Sleigh Bells Perform — And Justin Timberlake Impersonate Bon Iver — On SNL

A day after broadcasting their sold out NYC T5 show on YouTube, Sleigh Bells brought their Marshall stacks and tourist guitarist Jason Boyer to the considerably more intimate SNL studios across town. They played Reign Of Terror’s raucous first single “Comeback Kid” and No Doubt-y ballad “End Of The Line” and you can watch both… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 19, 2012 - 11:16 am

Premature Evaluation: Sleigh Bells Reign Of Terror

There’s not a band in recent memory that nailed the landing quite like Sleigh Bells did in 2010 with Treats, its M.I.A.-cosigned debut. They were CMJ darlings back when being a CMJ darling was still sort of a thing, a Band To Watch, a band with so much expectation placed on them from the moment… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 14, 2012 - 2:20 pm

Sleigh Bells Model For GQ

From an exposure standpoint, Sleigh Bells are on a fucking tear — not only will they cover the new Spin, they’re also playing two Reign Of Terror songs on the 2/18 SNL. To quote Bart Simpson, “There’s only one thing to do at a time like this: strut!” And strut they do for a new… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 9, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Sleigh Bells To Play SNL

Sleigh Bells’ camp has confirmed that the duo will be the musical guest on the 2/18 episode of Saturday Night Live, where they’ll play Reign Of Terror cuts “End Of The Line” and “Comeback Kid.” Former SNL castmember and Bridesmaids star Maya Rudolph hosts, which is also pretty awesome. More looks for Sleigh Bells forthcoming… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 8, 2012 - 4:49 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Lots of good music videos this week! Serial killers! Shadow-puppet dogs! Primary colors! Air rifles! Inexplicably clownish rap-star art direction! Members of the extended Stereogum family! There’s just a lot to like in this week’s batch, as you can see for yourself below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 27, 2012 - 12:35 pm

Sleigh Bells – “Comeback Kid” Video

Sleigh Bells’ new single “Comeback Kid” got a big Rank & File thumbs up last week, and SPOILER ALERT they are going to again because its video is what your morning cup of coffee was missing. It’s got Derek skateboarding in the sun in a Nirvana shirt and Alexis singing about relationship dealbreakers while jumping… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 24, 2012 - 9:29 am

Sleigh Bells – “Comeback Kid”

Born To Lose” was the first listen, but “Comeback Kid” is being touted as the first official single from Sleigh Bells’ second LP Reign Of Terror. We’re deep enough into Derek Miller’s post-Poison The Well-production output to start tracing shifts and trajectory. So let’s do it! The 2HELLWU demo tracks were pushed into the red,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 16, 2012 - 1:44 pm

Sleigh Bells – “Born To Lose”

Sleigh Bells is getting set to blast everyone in the face with Reign Of Terror and their sophomore LP’s first single, “Born To Lose” has surfaced. Stream the track, a relatively polished cut accented by a little electronic texture, after the jump. More »

By: Corban Goble / December 15, 2011 - 3:29 pm

Sleigh Bells Announce Tour, Reign Of Terror Tracklist

On the heels of a recent tease for their new album, Reign Of Terror, Sleigh Bells announced a nine-stop tour in Florida (guitarist Derek E. Miller is a native) alongside Diplo and NYC hard rockers Liturgy. The band also dropped the Reign Of Terror tracklist, which you can check out below. More »

By: Corban Goble / December 7, 2011 - 1:46 pm

Sleigh Bells Reign Of Terror Album Trailer

Here it is, the opening salvo to Sleigh Bells’ second LP in their ongoing campaign to punish earplugs and epileptics worldwide. With Treats, Alexis Krauss and Derek E. Miller bottled the visceral crush of in-the-red guitars and distorto-beats, the punk/hop snarl and playground pop coos that brought them the BTW; earlier this year, they’d promisedMore »

By: Amrit Singh / December 2, 2011 - 10:08 am

Alexis Krauss (Sleigh Bells) & Deerhunter Cover Pylon

Music Critic/Ui co-founder (and, full disclosure, associate) Sasha Frere-Jones remixed Georgia underground legends Pylon’s “Yo-Yo” twice by adding a number of new elements, including vocals by Sleigh Bells frontwoman Alexis Krauss. His “Yo-Yo (Calvinist Saved Remix)” will be available as the B-Side of a limited-edition 7″ that finds longtime/outspoken Pylon fans Deerhunter covering the band’… More »

By: brandon / June 28, 2011 - 1:52 pm

Bonnaroo 2011 Photos: Thursday & Friday

The 10th annual ‘Roo is underway. Here are Randy Cremean’s great pics of some of the notable sets from the first two days of this year’s fest in beautiful, boiling Manchester, TN. Featuring Sleigh Bells, Lil Wayne, Twin Shadow, Big Boi, Wavves and Best Coast (aww), Karen Elson and Jack White (hmm), Jim James’ hair,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 11, 2011 - 3:28 pm

Scenes From Sasquatch! 2011

Sasquatch! took place over four nights this Memorial Day Weekend. The Washington Festival included some very anticipated shows, including Wolf Parade’s next to last show, new tracks from Modest Mouse, and one of Death From Above 1979’s reunion appearances. That’s Das Racist’s Victor Vazquez getting a kiss from an audience member (not a moment anyone… More »

By: jessica / May 31, 2011 - 5:30 pm

Sleigh Bells Talk LP2

This past week Sleigh Bells played three sold-out shows in NYC with CSS — one at Webster Hall, another at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, and the one I attended, last night at Bowery Ballroom. Depending on which member you’re keying in on, they slink/strut/thrash/dance/hop into the crowd, coated in strobes and in front… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 16, 2011 - 12:59 pm

Indie Rockers Before They Were Famous

After watching the recently unearthed footage of Arcade Fire playing a house party in 2002 and a 17-year-old Robin Pecknold covering Radiohead and Simon & Garfunkel, I thought it would be fun to collect more early videos of our favorite bands from before we ever heard them. Well, fun for us, maybe not so much… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 21, 2011 - 4:01 pm

Remixtape: Vol. I

Most remixes are shit. This new feature exists in defense of The Remix. So, welcome to Remixtape: a monthly compilation of the best recent remix MP3s floating around the internet because despite the glut of garish promo bloghouse crap, there are actually still people doing this thing artfully. Because there’s an actual art to thi… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 11, 2011 - 2:47 pm

The 8 Best Videos Of The Week

The best videos this week include new clips from Sleigh Bells, Cloud Nothings, Talib Kweli, No Age, and Warm Ghost. It’s too bad Sleigh Bells’ video didn’t come out last week — it would have fit the theme of inter-band violence. Maybe being in a two-person band means you can only take your anger out… More »

By: jessica / January 28, 2011 - 5:21 pm

Sleigh Bells – “Rill Rill” Video

One of last year’s finest albums, Treats, still has press extension in 1/11: Diplo’s rework did for “Tell ‘Em” what director John Watts’s classroom-noir/road-trip-gone-sour treatment does for “Rill Rill,” the Parliament-sampling Sleigh Bells standout that Alexis and Derek had in demo form from Day 1 (i.e. the “Ring Ring” days). The action comes via hot… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 27, 2011 - 10:24 am

Diplo Remixes Sleigh Bells

Tough terrain to (re)tread, this Treats track “Tell ‘Em” from our old neighborly BTW Sleigh Bells. Not because its thunder-beats blasting serrated-guitar self-affirmation pop is untouchable, necessarily, but because it’s already been so thoroughly touched up and turned out by Night Slug extraordinaire Kingdom, who flipped its ferocity from brightly lit gutchecks (“Have you done… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 24, 2011 - 12:43 pm