Singer Alexis Krauss worked the crowd while Derek Miller laid down crunching guitar when the Brooklyn dance rock band played New Orleans Friday nightl

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Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells, by Steph Catsoulis

Last Friday night, Sleigh Bells played Republic, and according to photographer Steph Catsoulis, the years in service and size of the room haven’t quieted the band at all. Five albums into its exploration of the place where heavy metal guitar, hip-hop drums, and high school cheers meet, Sleigh Bells stays true to its core values in concert, which translated to a very loud show. Derek Miller’s guitar and the pre-recorded bass shook the room, but Alexis Krauss was the star of the show, dancing into the crowd, and letting fans sing with her in the audience and onstage. The band crammed an arena-like light show into Republic, but Krauss had enough star power to stand up to that.

We also reviewed Sleigh Bells when they played Buku 2014.

sleigh bells photo by steph catsoulis Alexis Krauss onstage at Republic, by Steph Catsoulis

sleigh bells photo by steph catsoulis The obligatory Derek Miller photo, by Steph Catsoulis

sleigh bells photo by steph catsoulis Alexis Krauss, by Steph Catsoulis

sleigh bells photo by steph catsoulis Alexis Krauss sings to the front row at Republic, by Steph Catsoulis

sleigh bells photo by steph catsoulis By Steph Catsoulis