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20 Watts Video: Sleigh Bells @ Spark Art Place (INTERVIEW!) by tjwell01
April 9, 2010, 3:59 pm
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PREVIEW: Sleigh Bells’ MySpace

[EDITOR’S NOTE ON THE INTERVIEW: Derek Miller of Sleigh Bells did work on M.I.A.’s upcoming album–its not the other way around. PLEASE IGNORE THAT PART OF THE INTERVIEW!!]

It’s been less than a year since Sleigh Bells broke out at last summer’s CMJ Festival, and the hype keeps getting bigger. Spark Art Place in Syracuse, NY doesn’t get much more smaller or more obscure for such a big indie band, but it didn’t matter. The bodies in the crowd exploded as Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller pumped their shoes into ground, rattling the small art gallery till the dry paint on the walls began to crumble on Thursday. It took no longer than the second song for the guys in the crowd to start flying in the air and throwing elbows. It was sweaty, dirty and raw–just how the band likes it. Sleigh Bells live is a high-powered, emotional, full bodied experience Syracuse won’t soon forget.

Props to Mouth’s Cradle for setting the tone, as the band celebrated their first show since releasing their debut LP, The Next Big Thing. Kevin Hegedus and Brandon Linn rocked the red suit jackets and flourished under the spotlight with fun DJ jams and witty rhymes.

–Jett Wells

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EXCLUS!VES: Mouth’s Cradle’s The Next Big Thing by tjwell01

Mouth's Cradle's "The Next Big Thing" hits iTunes tomorrow.

PREVIEW: Mouth’s Cradle’s MySpace

LISTEN: “Ghosts” by Mouth’s Cradle

LISTEN: “Princess of the Beatz” by Mouth’s Cradle

LISTEN: “Honey from a Stone” by Mouth’s Cradle

20 Watts gets the first crack at Mouth’s Cradle’s much-anticipated The Next Big Thing, because we’re cool like that. The LP drops on iTunes tomorrow, and just like that Mouth’s Cradle sets the stage for a big leap from relative obscurity to becoming Syracuse University’s electronic/hip-hop titans. In addition to brand new tracks, the album features all the same hits from their debut EP Baby Teeth, which dropped last semester and got the buzz whirling. They also got some special help from experienced engineer and SU alum, Andrew Maury, who worked with Ra Ra Riot and The Static Jacks.

Kevin Hegedus (right) and Brandon Linn (left) accomplished something special with this album and it comes at a perfect time for the band on the eve of their coming out party this Thursday when they open for Sleigh Bells at Spark Art Place.

Stay tuned for an in-depth review of the LP tomorrow!

–Jett Wells



Editor’s Pick #295: Sleigh Bells at SXSW Revisited by tjwell01
March 26, 2010, 10:46 am
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Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells rocking out at SXSW in Austin, TX, shot by SPIN.

PREVIEW THE BAND: Sleigh Bells’ MySpace

PREVIEW THE EVENT: Sleigh Bells @ Spark Art Place (4/8/10)

LISTEN: “Crown on the Ground” by Sleigh Bells Live at SXSW Festival (Recorded by NPR)

Just in case you missed it last week, Sleigh Bells tore it up at South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX, and the critics raved loud. NPR recorded the whole set, but I edited it down to their final song “Crown on the Ground,” which sounds so much better live than on their MySpace with the fuzzy bass. It’s fitting because Sleigh Bells’ long-awaited performance at Syracuse’s Spark Art Place is less than two weeks away! Until I heard NPR’s podcast, I had no idea what their live concert sounded like, and I’m now ecstatic more than ever. I can’t wait.

–Jett Wells

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