With Stellar Vocals and a Refined, Retro-Glam Image, HAIM is the Total Package At Pitchfork Music Festival
“… Last on the ticket were sisters Danielle, Este, and Alana, a.k.a. HAIM. I’ve never really been much of a fan of the pop-rock trio, but they blew me away live. Dramatic, red lowlight set them aglow as they entered the stage and drummed in sync. With stellar vocals and a refined, retro-glam image, HAIM is the total package.
The family band handled their first headlining set like vets and playfully bantered the whole way through. After some back and forth about who threw the first pitch at the Cubs game, Danielle joked that she didn’t expect a family therapy session in front of twenty- thousand people.
They also poked fun at themselves for partaking in the cliched, stripped-down acoustic performance. Each seated on a plain stool under a beaming spotlight, they strummed along to songs including “Go Slow” and a pair of Paula Cole covers before returning to all their glittery theatrics for hits like “I Want You Back,” “My Song 5,” and “The Wire.”
Rock’s first lady Stevie Nicks suggested that the girls of HAIM could be the next women inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame if they focus on solo careers. But their jaw-dropping performance proved that they’re going to set a record of their own rather than following in Stevie’s footsteps. I look forward to HAIM’s induction as the first all-female band to make the Hall of Fame someday …”