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The ragers were much more fun live, obviously. The first album, Treats, was much more explosive and frantic than this year's Reign of Terror and therefore the old stuff was a better time live, at least if you were down in front. Songs like "Rill Rill," which sound great coming out of car speakers at unspeakable decibles, played sort of like the slow-dance at homecoming, which was boring. Below: AraabMuzik got equal billing here, but the crowd did not come for him. When he started there were probably three hundred people in the place, which feels pretty vacant in a room the size of the Pageant. It filled up as the night progressed, but not by a ton. Meanwhile, AraabMuzik can play the absolute hell out of an MPC.
One last note: Even though all those Marshalls are for show (otherwise we'd all be bleeding out the ears this morning), Sleigh Bells is basically designed to peg whatever system its coming out of. There have been widespread reports of sound failure at these shows. Not last night; the Pageant sounded perfect the entire time.
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