Live in-Studio: Haim

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The three sisters of the pop-rock band Haim have the kind of story biopic producers must dream about. Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim grew up in Southern California playing classic rock and 80s pop covers in a band called Rockinhaim with their father, a retired Israeli soccer player, and mother, a singer who once won a gong on The Gong Show. The girls kept playing together, and after a foray into major-label teen pop with The Valli Girls, decided to start writing their own music.

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Just a few years later, Haim has played major festivals like Glastonbury and Bonnaroo, and the band’s debut album, Days Are Gone, is one of this year's most talked-about. It perfectly captures the vintage influences of their parents’ music, while incorporating the sounds of hiphop and R&B (nodding to Kanye’s 808s and Beyonce’s vocal range, for example).

That open relationship with pop has earned the sisters fans in powerful places. Katy Perry and Ke$ha have spoken favorably about them, while Rihanna and Mumford & Sons have invited Haim on tour. “I don’t think genres are a thing anymore,” Este Haim tells Kurt Andersen. “That’s what makes music exciting right now.”

 

Bonus Track: “Oh Well” (Fleetwood Mac cover) live in Studio 360

Update: due to rights restrictions, these tracks are only available for streaming, not download.

Bonus Track: “Honey and I” live in Studio 360


 

Slideshow: Haim live in the studio

Music Playlist

  1. Falling

    Artist: Haim
    Album: Days Are Gone
    Label: Columbia
  2. The Wire

    Artist: Haim
    Album: Days Are Gone
    Label: Columbia
  3. Freedom

    Artist: Haim
  4. Oh Well

    Artist: Haim

Alana Haim (left), Danielle Haim (center), and Este Haim (right) rehearse a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well.” Danielle prefers its “pre-Stevie, pre-Lindsey, bluesy vibes.”

( Amy Pearl )

Middle sister Danielle Haim on lead guitar.

( Amy Pearl )

Danielle Haim rocks a Gibson SG, made famous by one of her guitar idols, AC/DC’s Angus Young.

( Amy Pearl )

Danielle Haim.

( Amy Pearl )

Youngest sister Alana Haim (left) on rhythm guitar and Danielle Haim (right).

( Amy Pearl )

The initials on Alana Haim’s guitar — “SSK” — are a tribute to her friend, the late actress and musician Sammi Kane Kraft.

( Amy Pearl )

Este Haim on bass.

( Amy Pearl )
Haim's 3 for 360
Haim's 3 for 360

1. Bossy Pants — Tina Fey
2. Hold On, We're Going Home — Drake
3. Blue Jasmine

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