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]


Every Thursday, AF profiles a style icon from the music world. This week our icon is Alexis Krauss, whose band Sleigh Bells is currently on tour in support of their latest record, Bitter Rivals.  They land in NYC Friday and Saturday for two back-to-back shows at Terminal 5.




A symphony of shredding guitars and synths opened up Sleigh Bell’s first album back in 2010. Behind those high-energy guitars and keyboards rocking is Alexis Krauss, the female half of the pop duo. In person, Krauss looks like she perfectly embodies her music, sporting distressed denim jackets, muscle shirts and high-waisted acid wash cutoffs as her go-to uniform. With her bold, black straight-cut bangs and signature black Ray-Bans, she carries the same cool, old-school punk/grunge demeanor displayed in Sleigh Bell’s music. From the moment the camera panned to her driving and wearing her usual acid-wash denim jacket that showed off her arm tattoos, complimented with layers of spiky bracelets, spiked driving gloves and sunglasses, she established that cool-but-a-little-bad-girl demeanor that she soon displayed by pushing bandmate Derek Miller — presumably dead in the passenger seat — right out of the car when he slouches over onto her. We’re enchanted by the girl herself, as well as her style. We’ve compiled a Pinterest board of some of Krauss’ signature looks and options from retailers Forever 21, Urban Outfitters and ASOS so you can emulate Krauss’ laid-back cool style.

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