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The musical duo Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss, better known as Sleigh Bells, are back at it again.  Sleigh Bells have released the details of their upcoming album, Bitter Rivals.  The duo commented on the sound of Bitter Rivals, Miller said the album’s sound is a “a lot more clean…it might sound surprising.” Meanwhile, Krauss described her vocals as more “melodically” with a hint of R&B. “I use my voice in more of a, dare I say, traditional way.”

Sleigh Bells released a single which also serves as the title track for the record.  Bitter Rivals is due out October 8th via Mom + Pop Music.  Sleigh Bells have also launched a new website for the album and you can preorder it now.  Check out the video for "Bitter Rivals" below.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Mervis of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott (plus some bonus songs):

Sleigh Bells, "Kids" - Duo based in Brooklyn. Sound is heavy on the noise and heavy on the pop. This is their debut. Scott says: "You know when Ke$ha (I love her) asks the DJ to blow her speakers up? He’d be wise to put on the debut album from this Brooklyn duo that’s been described as a clash between the White Stripes and M.I.A. Distorted beats, siren synths and the lurching guitar riffs of Derek Miller (former Poison the Well) are all topped by the spastic sing-song melodies of former elementary school teacher Alexis Krauss."

The Walkmen, "Angela Surf City" - Indie band from NYC & Philly. They formed in 2000 and are on their sixth album which will be released on 9/14/10. Scott says: "The album isn’t coming out until September, but it should be leaking on the Internet before that. This is one of the wilder songs, opening with a surf-rock beat and riff and then bursting into a monstrous wave of sound. Check out how he cribs a Dylan line — "life goes on all around you" — with a wink and a nod."

Bear Cub, "Mexico" - Local band Bear Cub and their self-titled debut is making some waves on the Pittsburgh music scene. Scott says: "When you put out a call for an online band competition, you don’t always expect much. But Bear Cub, which I’d never heard of, submitted this song for the PG’s Pittsburgh Rocks competition and I loved it right away. Yeah, it sounds like Bright Eyes, but seeing the band live and hearing the rest of the album, I realized there was more to them than that. Keep an eye on Jesse Hall ’cause he’s got talent to burning"

Smashing Pumpkins, "A Song for a Son" - Revived Alt-rock band that is basically Billy Corgan. Scott says: "I haven’t always been the biggest Pumpkins fan and the band’s recent history has been nothing short of a trainwreck. But I dig this song from Billy Corgan, which is part of a 44-track album-in-progress available as a free download on the band’s website. This epic tune, with an old-fashioned shredding solo, sounds like it would fit between "Stairway to Heaven" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" on that classic-rock station up the dial."

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I must admit: when critics and blogs began to praise Sleigh Bells earlier this year, I was skeptical about their staying power. They had burst onto the scene with virtually no prior recordings, and that dearth of material led me to wonder if they weren't just another dime-a-dozen buzz band. Then came Treats, their highly anticipated debut album. Continue Reading...

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