HAIM's show at Cannery Ballroom has been canceled.
HAIM (which rhymes with “rhyme,” not with “name”) doesn’t need the Scene’s help getting folks out to their gig. Shortly after tickets went on sale in November, the show — originally slated to take place at Mercy Lounge — sold out and was moved downstairs to the twice-as-big Cannery Ballroom. And then it sold out again. So what’s the deal? Why did the hype machine get its pistons pumping in overdrive for this trio of Angeleno sisters? Is their debut LP, last year’s Days Are Gone,
really all that cool, or are we looking at yet another case of The Emperor’s New Hipster Clothes
? Well, in short, shit’s pretty good. Frontsister Danielle Haim honed her chops as a sidewoman for Julian Casablancas and Jenny Lewis; notoriously bass-facing eldest sister Este Haim received a degree in ethnomusicology from UCLA; baby sis Alana Haim floats seamlessly from synth to guitar to percussion throughout their sets. They also grew up playing in a family band with their parents. But HAIM is more than the sum of their pedigree and their laurels. Upon its release in September, Days Are Gone was met with critical acclaim, landing at No. 7 on the Village Voice
’s annual be-all-end-all Pazz and Jop critics’ poll thanks to its unironically smooth pop production and vocal harmonies, earning as many comparisons to Fleetwood Mac as to En Vogue and Destiny’s Child. So take our word for it. Or don’t. HAIM doesn’t need our help either way. D. PATRICK RODGERS