Reviewed by Abby Johnston, Fri., March 15, 2013
Pavlovian conditioning from the Brady and Partridge families causes us to cringe when we hear "family band," but California quartet Haim may rewire that reaction. Along with drummer Dash Hutton, the three Haim sisters make percussion-heavy harmonizing that leaves a clear impression despite the three-song Forever EP being their only release. "Better Off" begins as a Destiny's Child-like a cappella before heavy drums kick in and remain the most prevalent instrument. The expanse created by such sparse instrumentation complements Danielle Haim's understated alto, which sits neatly alongside her sisters' resonance. The energy spikes with "Forever," which serves up studied Nineties realness in its bouncing vocals and bass persistence. The smooth "Go Slow" rounds off subdued R&B with a satisfying snare snap. (11:10pm, Empire Automotive; Sat., 11pm, Stubb's)
Luke Winkie, Fri., May 24, 2013
Abby Johnston, Fri., May 24, 2013
Doug Freeman, Fri., May 24, 2013
Chase Hoffberger, Fri., May 24, 2013
Kevin Curtin, Fri., May 24, 2013
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