HAIM at House of Blues, 4/22/2014
Certainly, the band is lucky enough to have an entire pop/rock library at its disposal, and astute to know just which plug goes into what socket; the wubby EDM effects crossbred into the stadium-rock stomp of "My Song 5" was especially striking. But HAIM are no scavengers. Watching the way songs like "The Wire," "Forever" "Don't Save Me" -- all completely original and tailor-made for some forward-thinking Top 40 programmer -- were already etched into the crowd's faces, it was clear that these three sisters do not need to fill any niche other than their own.
Personal Bias: The old guy in the club.
The Crowd: Yuppies. She-yuppies. Students. Very few people over 30 years old or egregiously out of shape. Stupid packed.
Overheard in the Crowd: "Back there is Plan B."
Also Overheard: "I feel like you should sleep with her."
And This: "Are you going to Foster the People? Do you know who Foster the People is?"
Random Notebook Dump: Just for fun, a quick search of "three sisters" turned up the Chekhov play supposedly based on the Bronte sisters, the three principal crops of many Native American cultures (squash, corn, climbing beans); a 2001 sitcom that lasted one season; a popular motorcycle trail that starts in the Hill Country town of Medina; and a chain of Houston-area nurseries.
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