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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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The 12 Best Videos Of The Week

There’s a larger dose of videos this week, since we took Friday off for the holiday. And the best videos this week are varied — there’s a new, interactive clip from Au Revoir Simone, another fan-made clip for Sleigh Bells (that is way more fun than the official one), and inscrutable videos from Active Child,… More »

By: jessica / December 3, 2010 - 5:23 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: November 2010

Back again with another monthly mix which, per its title, you should continue to expect monthly. We’re glad you guys enjoyed the last installment, and thoroughly appreciate the feedback. In case you missed October’s launch, the idea here is to offer a concentrated compendium of the finest recent freely available MP3s, selected from (though not… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 4, 2010 - 4:10 pm

LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells @ Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood 10/15/10

Closing out the Hollywood Bowl concert season in style, LCD Soundsystem ignited a giant dance party with the help of Hot Chip and their sleek synthesizers as well as pulverizing blasts of noise from Sleigh Bells. More »

By: Andrew Youssef / October 19, 2010 - 4:25 pm

Sleigh Bells – “Tell ‘Em” (Kingdom Remix)

I like that everything Kingdom touches turns to midnight. For instance, see how the Class Of 2010’s resident DJ reconstitutes Sleigh Bells’s Treats opener “Tell ‘Em.”… More »

By: brandon / October 13, 2010 - 2:27 pm

Brooklyn Indie Rockers <3 Phil Collins

Norwegian TV show Lydverket did an interview with Phil Collins, prefaced by interview clips with Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo, Sleigh Bells’ Derek Miller, and Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder talking about their love for Genesis and Collins. Watch:… More »

By: jessica / September 24, 2010 - 5:31 pm

Sleigh Bells – “Infinity Guitars” Video

Properly, Sleigh Bells video for Treats style-treatise “Infinity Guitars” contains each of the following: sweet-faced cheerleaders, smoke, Alexis prowling while waving a baseball bat, sunglasses, guitars on fire, a pit bull. Basically a dissection of their blistering, blown-out pop, its components rendered visually, resulting in the strolling collage that is this clip. Looks how it… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 20, 2010 - 12:18 pm

Sleigh Bells’ “Riot Rhythm” Will Make You Buy A Honda

For rill rill. The first time I saw this spot came last night was after about four slices of delicious Fornino pizza while watching the VMAs which, let’s talk about that for a second. My pizza was really delicious! Which made it all the more sad when I had to barf it all up because… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 13, 2010 - 10:32 am

Jay-Z Mashed With Sleigh Bells, Nosaj Thing With Nas

Here’s some Friday afternoon listening for your Wednesday afternoon: Two different mash-up albums via two different DJs. DJ O-Face put various Jay-Z vocals over Sleigh Bells songs for the appropriately-titled Jay Bells, while DJ Bassmeister presents a collection of Nosaj Thing tracks paired with Nas songs, called NaSaj Thing. Do they think of the name… More »

By: jessica / August 18, 2010 - 1:58 pm

Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2010 Lineup

Virgin Mobile’s Festival will be free just like it was last year. And it’ll happen September 25th at Maryland’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. Sir Richard Branson took a break from para-sailing or base-jumping or whatever from the Virgin Islands (seriously) to announce the bands. The lineup (with “more surprises” later, according to Sir Branson):… More »

By: jessica / July 20, 2010 - 11:24 am

Cruel Summer: Stereogum Summer Jams 2010

Welcome to summer, welcome to free and legally downloadable summer jams. Time to CELEBRATE on ROOFTOPS. But you know, oil spills. And crazy people waiting in lines for phones for hours. And poorly officiated soccer games. The world’s topsy turvy, and so then is this mix, to reflect its time and place. It’s America’s weekend,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 2, 2010 - 6:44 pm

Vice & Intel’s Creator’s Project @ MILK Studios, NYC 6/26/10

For 12 hours on Saturday, Vice took over an eight-floor studio in Chelsea. It was Coachella in an art museum, basically. I’m not saying that because building and coding this photo gallery (of shots by Abbey Braden) took as long as one would from a day at a festival (though, it did). It’s for the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 28, 2010 - 12:06 pm

Stream Sleigh Bells Treats

Sleigh Bells long-awaited (it’s been, like, so many months) future-pop blueprint/debut LP is out today, and you can hear it. Today. Not before, because M.I.A.’s N.E.E.T. imprint kept Treats on non-leak lockdown under threat of excessive violence. We’re all in the same boat here, so feel free to log responses in the comments. A quick… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 11, 2010 - 10:24 am

Sleigh Bells (And M.I.A.), Mr. Dream @ Coco 66, Brooklyn 5/7/10

Ironic that for all the talk about the production on the gut-buckling razor-pop call-to-arms “Tell ‘Em,” Sleigh Bells’ first proper-studio track — their blown-out-to-bits beats swapped for a pristine-yet-pulverizing mix that must be heard LOUD — the band’s overdriven dB output through Coco 66’s sound system made even their new material sound like the distorted demos that… More »

By: amrit and jessica / May 10, 2010 - 1:37 pm

Sleigh Bells – “Tell ‘Em”

When BTW Sleigh Bells stormed out of CMJ with copious plaudits for their home demos’ blown-out beats and serrated noise-pop, the most frequently pitched questions centered on whether the needle-jacking overdrive fuzzing up their cuts was an aesthetic choice the duo would recreate on their inevitable full-length, or a happy accident bound to be sterilized… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 28, 2010 - 12:51 pm

Coachella 2010: Jay-Z, LCD, Disco Balls & Chandeliers

Four years into my Coachella career and I’ve never experienced an Indio spring so mild. It’s a gift from the gods meaning Brooklynites like Scott and I can wear jeans all weekend, a blessing with the residual benefit of ensuring nobody in Indio is forced to see our unsightly Brooklynite legs (you are welcome, California). More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 17, 2010 - 9:39 pm

M.I.A. Assesses Lady Gaga

M.I.A. is on the April 7 cover of the NME (to be fair, there are nine other covers this week) as part of their special “The State Of Music Today” issue. Inside she discusses politics in music, what music’ll look like in ten years, and dresses down Coldplay and Lady Gaga. The kids at OhMore »

By: jessica / April 8, 2010 - 10:46 am

SXSW 2010: The Wrap Up

We saw a bunch of bands this past week. Not every set was memorable, but there were more than enough highlights to make the stiff necks and barking feet worth it. Here’s Wednesday, Thursday, Gibbarday, and SXSW’s metal shows, and more. This last post contains our notes, and photos from our intrepid photographers — RyanMore »

By: stereogum / March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am

SXSW 2010: Wednesday In Photos

Here’s a tip if you’re going to one of these industry festival type things: If IAMSOUND is having a party, you should attend that party. Just like this past CMJ, the L.A.-based imprint owned their night, pulling together an eclectic lineup that showcased the right bands, all having a moment: Scott already posted some videoMore »

By: Amrit Singh / March 18, 2010 - 6:59 pm

Sleigh Bells Debut Album Treats Powered By M.I.A.

By the end of CMJ 2009 Brooklyn duo Derek Miller and Alexis Kraus aka Sleigh Bells had a handfull of homemade demos showcasing immediately distinctive and highly combustible distorto-beat razor pop jams, hit the stages with a fully formed live show, and ended the fest with both a BTW stamp and M.I.A. in their pockets. More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 15, 2010 - 4:41 pm

Sleigh Bells Tour With Major Lazer, Yeasayer

Brooklyn duo Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller aka Sleigh Bells quickly went from the kids down the hall with the homespun, beat-distorted serrated-pop CD-R to a Band To Watch and the toast of CMJ ’09 and, still without an album to their name, their 2010 is set to be even higher profile: They’ll be playing… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 2, 2010 - 2:24 pm