Concert Photo Rundown: Sleigh Bells @9:30 Club in Washington DC 11/19

The dynamic duo is back…as a four part raucous force of sound. by Emma WattersScreen Shot 2013-11-20 at 10.34.59 PM

“I need to see you go fucking nuts during this next one,” Sleigh Bells front woman Alexis Krauss demanded of a vigorous crowd Tuesday night at the 9:30 Club. As the familiar ear-piercing chords of “Crown on the Ground” consumed the venue, a sea of arms raised, commemorating the anthem they’ve spent the better part of four years showcasing while on the road.

With the recent release of their third album,Bitter Rivals, tickets didn’t last long for the sold out show. This time around, the duo of Krauss and guitarist Derek Miller welcomed drummer Chris Maggio to their tour. The addition of Maggio to the touring line-up matched Krauss’ relentless energy. That said, Miller’s sharp, overpowering chords were competing with strobe lights show to implode your senses. The crowd received “Bitter Rivals” like fan-favorites “Infinity Guitars” and “Born to Loose.”

In the midst of “Kids,” Krauss produced an impressive earth-shattering screech only to be followed by a beautiful vibrato. After leaving the stage, the band gave fans an encore with Krauss jumping in the crowd to close out the night with Treatshighlight “A/B Machines.”

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Krauss hit the stage in a leopard-print boxing robe donning her initials. While on the road the duo took up boxing as a release.
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Sleigh Bells know how to make an entrance
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Miller’s tiger-striped guitar played contrast to his usual scowl.
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Amidst head banging and confident vocals, Krauss sought eye contact with fans.
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“It was the best if times, it was the worst of times.” Bitter Rivals was embraced like a classic.
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Maggio’s drumming gave authenticity to Sleigh Bells’ live sound. The band also drafted guitarist Ryan Primack.
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“I hope you guys know when I called you fuckers before it was out of complete love. Complete admiration,” Krauss told the crowd.
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