Sleigh Bells coming to Iowa City in April

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 29, 2012 6:30 AM

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SCOPE, RiverFest, and KRUI have announced that the indie-pop group Sleigh Bells will visit Iowa City in April.

Derek Edward Miller and Alexis Krauss make up the duo that will play at 8 p.m. April 24 in the IMU Main Lounge. Tickets go on sale March 2 at the IMU Box Office and at all Ticketmaster locations.

The group has grown in popularity since it started up in 2008. An intimate indie-fan following has turned into a national fanbase for Sleigh Bells, which has played on "Saturday Night Live" and gained exposure through such TV shows as "Gossip Girl" and "Skins."

Sleigh Bells released its début album, Treats, in 2010, which includes singles "Rill, Rill" and "Crown on the Ground." The album's success landed the band a spot at upcoming music festivals, including Pitchfork and Coachella Valley.

The group's most recent project, Reign of Terror, dropped last week, and it is gaining attention for such tunes as "Comeback Kid" and "Born to Lose."

The hard-core dance-punk feel of this "noise-pop" music will be sure to get an Iowa City audience moving at this year's RiverFest.

— by Hannah Kramer

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