PLAYING DETROIT: Tunde Olaniran Goes to Bat for Sleigh Bells at El Club

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Photo Credit: Rachelle Baker

Last night, Sleigh Bells brought their dark electro-pop to a packed El Club for a fiery performance that had everybody in the audience sweating, despite the frigid Detroit winter. Feeling under the weather, lead-singer Alexis Krauss enlisted local artist Tunde Olaniran an hour before the show to help her out on “Rainmaker,” one of the most emotional and vocally taxing tracks from the band’s latest record, Kid Kruschev. Olaniran, who opened for Sleigh Bells on tour last year, was a perfect compliment to Krauss’ infectious stage energy, and the two absolutely “sleighed” the performance (don’t hate me, I had to).

Krauss later praised Olaniran with this adorable Instagram post:


Unfortunately, a subsequent post from earlier today confirmed that Krauss and her bandmate Derek Miller both have the flu and have had to cancel tonight’s performance at Metro Chicago, though they are hoping to reschedule it for a later date. There are no cancellations thus far for the rest of Sleigh Bells’ Kid Kruschev tour; dates are listed below.

02/01 Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
02/03 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
02/05 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
02/06 Dallas, TX @ Granada
02/07 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
02/09 New Orleans, LA @ Republic
02/10 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt
02/11 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
02/13 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
02/14 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]