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Sleigh Bells "Bitter Rivals" Record Release Party at (le) Poisson Rouge - NYC

On Friday, September 27, 2013 11:46 AM I get a google chat message from my buddy saying "A reminder if you are getting sleigh bells tickets the on sale is noon". I had gotten an email at some point before and made a mental note, but it completely slipped my mind and If i had not gotten this message, I would have missed out on one of the coolest live music experiences of the year for me.

The my usual concert buddy was out of town for work that weekend so it turned out I had an extra ticket so I took to craigslist to offer of the ticket to a fan and within minutes got a hit from a nice person named Keri who met me outside the venue and was able to get in with her friends to see the show, while I waited for some other friends who were on their way to show up.

Inside I was able to get up nice and close because I got there nice and early (doors at 11pm) and held my ground about four 'rows' back while the capacity crowd gradually materialized. Anticon's Jel who wasn't announced as an opener, took the stage and played about 4 tracks in-between nonsensical gibberish about being a 'BJ' artist (button jockey) to which a girl behind me said "Nuh uh, I'm a BJ artist!" I spotted my friends roaming around looking for me and waved them over and we waited around while the house music played some 80s/90s music including some Mariah Carey at full volume while Sleigh Bells seemed to bide their time.

Then the lights went down and we were treated to a sonic onslaught of a mix of old and new Sleigh Bell tracks.  I happen to dig the full band (no bass player) setup and like the live drummer addition.  I hadn't heard the new album yet but i really liked the new tracks.

Alexis Krauss is a really great front-woman.  She is not only hot as hell but really commands the stage and you simply cant take your eyes off her. 

The record release party was one of the best live shows i've seen in a while and kicks off a great fall concert season.


  1. Minnie 
  2. Comeback Kid 
  3. Tiger Kit 
  4. Crown on the Ground 
  5. Bitter Rivals 
  6. True Shred Guitar 
  7. Kids 
  8. Demons 
  9. Born To Lose 
  10. You Don’t Get Me Twice 
  11. Riot Rhythm 
  12. Infinity Guitars 
  1. Young Legends 
  2. Sing Like A Wire 
  3. A/B Machines

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