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When: Sun., Nov. 4, 9 p.m. 2012
Sleigh Bells have never bothered trying to knock their fans over with a feather, especially live. Onstage Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller (and touring guitarist Jason Boyer) ratchet up the dazzling flash and outsize strut of their two albums, Treats and Reign of Terror, stomping through their overblown hardcore party-pop with a ferocity that borders on wink-and-a-nudge self-parody. Krauss's cotton-candy vocals and cheerleader-style callbacks, not to mention Miller and Boyer's flailing guitars and hardcore tough-guy faces (a lot like their days in Poison the Well), would seem like overkill if it weren't for the strobe-heavy light show and the six full stacks of guitar amps towering behind them. But what the band lacks in subtlety it makes up for in who-gives-a-goddamn dance-floor fun. The thudding beats are red-lined heavy and the guitar tone reminiscent of early-80s Twisted Sister, and it all blends together flawlessly—with a little help from Krauss's magnetism and prowess at working a room. She'll crowd surf, she'll whip herself into a sweaty frenzy bounce-dancing, and she'll convince you that you've been placed on this planet to have a blast—to hell with the haters. —Kevin Warwick Jel and Sumsun open.

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