With second album Odd Blood, Yeasayer have fully embraced the synth-wrapped '80s-funk sound they'd previously been hinting at. Be sure to arrive in time to catch opener Sleigh Bells, who bring a fat-bottomed, full-tilt dance party to your face—and all the other parts of your body. NED LANNAMANN
I'm less taken than most critics by Brooklyn band Yeasayer's brand of vaguely apocalyptic, quasi-tribal, vocal-harmony-heavy rock, but I'm as intrigued as everyone else by Sleigh Bells. The duo is composed of guitarist/producer Derek Miller, formerly of Florida hardcore footnotes Poison the Well, and vocalist Alexis Krauss, who previously performed in a teen-pop act called Ruby Blue. As Sleigh Bells, they meet somewhere in the vast area between those polar extremes, with Miller laying down noisy but ultimately poppy guitar riffs and big, drill-team hiphop beats over which Krauss shouts bratty, peppy threats and coos odd come-ons. Imagine a lo-fi and less annoying version of the Tings Tings, maybe, or Yeah Yeah Yeahs on a Xanax jag and a cruddy mic. Could be good fun live. ERIC GRANDY
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