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Sleigh Bells 

When: Mon., July 9 2012
Remember that scene from Back to the Future when Marty McFly threatens to melt his dad’s brain with some Van Halen? Sleigh Bells are kinda like that. The Brooklyn-based duo's second album, Reign of Terror, ups the ante on their digital-chainsaw approach to indie rock. Even more ferocious in its application of sheer, unadulterated volume than 2010's debut, Treats, the new album keeps its balance thanks to Alexis Krauss, whose ethereal vocals shimmer in and out of reality, like some sort of fever dream brought on by all the punishing noise going on around her. Appropriately, the band pulls in a host of direct-line metal hallmarks, incorporating blast beats and intense instrumental heroics, with Thin Lizzy-style guitars popping up here and there. It all makes for a more polarized and polarizing sound, with the extremes speeding away from each other faster than ever. When it works, it works remarkably well, and when it all gets to be a bit too much, well, you kinda get that that's what Sleigh Bells are going for. With Class Actress and Jel. 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 - $25. – Nicholas Hall

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