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Bitter Rivals is Sleigh Bells' third studio album.
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October 8, 2013 The duo incorporates many genre influences to fit its hard-edged pop sound. Critic Will Hermes says the formula still works on Bitter Rivals, which finds the two musicians trying to expand their boundaries even further.
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Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells. The duo's new album is Reign of Terror.
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February 18, 2012 Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss discuss the roots of their creative partnership, shouting as a natural extension of singing and their new album, Reign of Terror.
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Clockwise from top left: Sleigh Bells, Stew, Sharon Van Etten, Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater.
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December 29, 2011 We look at some of the music coming out in the first few months of 2012 and play a dozen new songs from musicians including Sleigh Bells, Craig Finn, Shearwater and Sharon Van Etten.
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Sufjan Stevens performing at the bandshell at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park on August 3, 2011.
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December 27, 2011 Bob Boilen salutes his 15 favorite live concerts. What were your most memorable shows this year?
Sleigh Bells at Sasquatch 2011.
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June 9, 2011 The band sounded full-throttle amazing at Sasquatch. Here's proof, and other festival highlights.
June 29, 2010 NPR listeners cast thousands of votes for the year's best music to date and kept the race tight. But regardless of how the votes fell, it was an exciting chance to pause and look back on what an incredible year it's been for music, to rediscover our favorites, and to spend time with some of the albums and artists we missed.
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May 25, 2010 It used to be that the opening track to a record was what got you to go back and put on the album, at least to hear side one. But do opening tracks matter in a world where shuffle is probably more pervasive than linear listening?
May 25, 2010 This edition of All Songs Considered features the song "Tell 'Em," from Sleigh Bells' heavily hyped album Treats. Also on the show: one-man chillwave band Toro Y Moi, innocent but edgy music from Secret Cities, evocative instrumental sounds from Accordion, Icelandic neo-classical artist Olafur Arnalds, the British punk-pop group Buzzcocks and Chicago's Light Pollution. Also, soul singer Bettye LaVette covers some well-known rock classics.
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May 10, 2010 Treats, the debut album from the electro-rock duo Sleigh Bells, is a thrill ride: It's aggressive but not macho and smart without losing its sense of fun. Most of all, it's somehow both an aural assault and a piece of pop candy, albeit one in a overblown wrapper. Hear the album in its entirety.
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March 18, 2010 Written on a laptop, Sleigh Bells' songs rely heavily on bombastic beats that are pushed as far into the red as they can go. Combined with Alexis Krauss' sultry vocals and Derek Miller's trashy guitar riffs, their blown-out beats leap out of the speakers. The electro-pop duo performed at The Parish as the headliner at NPR Music's daytime party.
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