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Coachella 2011: Sleigh Bells set slams like Michael Jordan, right down to the jersey

April 16, 2011 |  6:59 pm

00coachellasleighbellls Throwing on a Michael Jordan jersey is a serious statement. It means you're ready to impress some people or show just how unworthy you are to wear the number 23. Sporting a custom Jordan jersey with "Bells" in stead of Bulls on the front, Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells took her superstar sports fantasy to a new level of cockiness.

It was obvious during her Friday night set at the Mojave tent that she was looking to slam on somebody. In this case the crowd was a willing target.

Photos: Panoramas of Coachella 2011

In a flurry of distorted bombast, Krauss and guitarist/producer Derek E. Miller set the tone early with a quick and dirty cover of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man." Like the faux Jordan jersey, it was another bold move. And despite their limited weaponry -- an electric guitar and a drum machine -- the duo shook unsuspecting sunburn victims to a 45-minute set of full-fledged ruckus that sounded almost identical to their ballyhooed 2010 debut album "Treats."

Channeling the spirit of the Chicago Bulls superstar, Krauss' passion on stage fueled plenty of high-jumping, shake-and-bake athleticism. That, combined with Miller's thrashing chords, ultimately prompted spattered chants of "Sleigh Bulls! Sleigh Bulls!" and indicated that Sleigh Bells had done their jobs. MJ would be proud.


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Photo: Singer Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells poses backstage during Day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011. Credit: Charley Gallay / Getty Images