Kindred spirits: M.I.A., the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Show: With Doldrums on Tuesday at the 9:30 Club. Doors open at 7 p.m. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. Show is sold out.
Love it or hate it, Sleigh Bells’ sound is nothing if not recognizable. After bursting into the blogosphere in 2009 with a self-titled EP, singer Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Miller gathered a devoted following for their impossibly loud distorted guitars and girly, cooing vocals. A Sleigh Bells album can sound like a mob of steroid-addled cheerleaders, gleefully cartwheeling down an alley to beat you to a pulp.
The duo demonstrates a bit more nuance, and even some sensitivity, on new album “Bitter Rivals.” And alongside the brutish guitars and stomping rhythms, the band has embellished its sound with more production — acoustic guitars appear here and there, and the track “Sing Like a Wire” begins with kitschy synth and percussion.