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Review: HAIM

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Last night, Los Angeles bands Io Echo and HAIM played to a sold-out Crescent Ballroom.

The spirited crowd indulged in the entertainment for the evening, which began with a performance by indie rockers Io Echo. Lead singer Ioanna Gika demanded attention with her high energy and lively stage presence. Those in attendance seemed to enjoy what the opening act had to offer, dancing along to the music and looking through the stage’s flashing lights for a glimpse at the musicians.

Io Echo set the mood for the highly anticipated headliner — HAIM. The trio of sisters are touring in support of debut album, Days Are Gone, which has been well received since it dropped in September. Although HAIM was formed in 2006 and initially saw the musicians playing local gigs while balancing other side projects, the sisters recently decided to take the band more seriously.

Alana Haim, Danielle Haim, Dash Hutton, Crescent Ballroom, HAIM, Days are Gone, Este Haim, HAIM live review, Io Echo, Los Angeles bands, Los Angeles music, New Kids on the Block, One Coffee, Squash Blossom

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To the hoots and hollers of fans, the Haims and drummer Dash Hutton came out to a blue-lit stage and dived right into album opener “Falling,” which was followed by “The Wire.” The band’s first interaction with the fans came after song two with, “How the fuck are we, Arizona?” The audience yelled and applauded with adoration. Known for being particularly chatty on stage, Este lead most of the evening’s between-tracks discourse, which covered topics such as New Kids on the Block, Squash Blossom being closed and One Coffee Co¬†being open, a restaurant named after Este that serves quinoa and bacon (“Este is the bestie.”), Este’s clothes coming undone, and living at home (“We’re living with our parents still, we’re practically homeless.”).

Not surprisingly, the band focused on tracks from their debut studio album. They played a stripped-down version of “Honey & I,” and then “Go Slow.” One sister ushered in “Forever” by saying, “If you don’t dance, I’m gonna be really sad.” “Don’t Save Me” was also on the evening’s set list.

Seconds after leaving the stage, HAIM was back on for a one-song encore. “Thank you guys for being so fucking awesome,” they said before playing the suitably titled “Let Me Go,” which ¬†ended with a BANG.

Their set started at 10:12 PM and lasted until 10:52 PM. The 40-minute performance included seven songs and lots of talking. “Just so you know, you live in a pretty fucking beautiful city. We’re coming back,” HAIM told the fans before the night came to a close. Concertgoers left the Ballroom buzzing, as infatuated with the musicians as the music itself.

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