When: Sun., Nov. 10, 9 p.m. 2013
Combining synthy teen pop with cheap drum machines and guitars blasted at death-metal levels of distortion sounds like a recipe for an irony-laden noise-band side project, but Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells have never been anything less than fully committed to competing in pop’s big leagues. After spending their first couple of years playing to a largely hipster audience, they’ve finally started doing so: on last year’s Reign of Terror the group’s pop half and aggro-noise half finally snapped into the right balance, in the process proving that more Katy Perry fans than you might suspect are down with the same assaultive sonics you’d normally find at power-electronics shows. Sleigh Bells’ new Bitter Rivals (Mom + Pop) is a mosaic of Mariah-style R&B, digitally trashed cock-rock guitar riffage, rave synths, unexpected soul samples (Minnie Riperton?), and assorted random noises (dogs barking?) that somehow still sounds like it has a chance at the Top 40. —Miles Raymer Doldrums open.