Haim - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Haim
With Shy Girls
Fillmore Miami Beach
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Better Than: The musical skills of any other teeny bopper groups.

Haim (pronounced unlike late-1980s teen dreamboat Cory and more like the last four letters of Hebrew toast l'chaim or the first four letters of Spanish name Jaime) have drawn comparisons in the music press to Fleetwood Mac. But from the family band's very first song, "Falling," at the Fillmore Miami Beach, it was hard to hear many similarities, beyond the shared Southern California origin and an attempt at covering "Oh Well."

There were no shared harmonies, nor lovelorn crooning, but rather vocal tics that recalled Michael Jackson and '80s beats reminiscent of Miami Sound Machine's Conga.

See also: Review & Photos: Lana Del Rey - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Check out Crossfade's full 46-photo slideshow from Haim at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

If forced to choose a band from music history with which Haim draws closer parallels, instead of Fleetwood Mac, it would be Hanson. Like the 1990s singers of "MMMBop," Haim are three siblings of the same sex, reared by their parents to dominate the music charts with their magnificently long tresses.

Throughout their hour-plus set, the three sisters shook their luxurious manes and showed emotion by running fingers through their perfectly conditioned hair. If the music thing does not work out, they can count on a lucrative contract endorsing Neutrogena or Herbal Essences.

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But if Haim's success does not endure beyond debut album, Days Are Gone, hitting the sixth spot on the Billboard charts, it will not be because the sisters lack musical chops. All evening, they demonstrated the ability to shred guitar or bass while also each being able to bang on percussions with appropriate rhythm -- most impressively on the instrumental portion of "Oh Well."

But still, they may be better suited to an immediate future filled with more intimate crowds than the packed room at the Fillmore. Because, at the moment, not only do their lyrics and stage presence not only lack sophistication, but none of their songs contain the timeless stupidity of a catchy hook like "MMMbop" had, though their "Wire" comes the closest.

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One of the band's biggest strategic mistakes was that while Danielle Haim does most of the vocals, her older sister Este was charged with the onstage patter, which seemed to be influenced by the Shoshanna character from the HBO series Girls.

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18 comments
alfernandez67
alfernandez67

This is a terrible review. The show was AMAZING. They are insanely talented women, who aren't afraid to let the audience get to know them. Everyone enjoyed the concert, and it was honestly one of the best shows I've been to.

Dani
Dani

Umm are you show you went to their show? At Miami? At the Fillmore? Are you sure you were watching HAIM? I have no idea why this review makes it seem as if they're a young band that doesn't know what they're doing. Their lyrics that apparently "lack sophistication" are actually quite meaningful if you bother to actually think about them. And their stage presence does not need help, either. Everyone's eyes were glued to them the entire time, especially during guitar and/or drum solos. And why even bother commenting on Este's banter so much?? It's a concert, not a comedy show; you come for the music not to hear them tell jokes. I thoroughly enjoyed Este's little stories, as it was a way to get to know them a little better. 

Also, you can't really blame them about how the majority of their crowd were teenagers- we can appreciate good music too, and, as far as I'm aware, there isn't really a code of conduct on how to act during a concert. Here's a thought: maybe the next time you write a concert review, you focus more on how they sounded and less on how there were too many teenagers and how their banter wasn't witty enough for you. Miami seriously needs to up its music game, geesh. 

joshsaltzman2003
joshsaltzman2003

It sounds like your biggest problems with Haim are (1) they are women, (2) they are fun (3) they forced you to grudgingly admit that they can actually play their instruments

BTTB
BTTB

I don't get why you think Haim draws a closer parallel to Hanson. The music is so different. The only similarities are that they're siblings and perhaps the hair. 

PS. Haim is great! I love their cd but love them LIVE even more. Great musicians + performers. Great energy, raw & gritty. 

terry
terry

Furthermore, this confirms my fact that these people who are supposed to let us listeners/readers know who's hot or not (miami new times music bloggers, radio stations, etc) have absolutely no clue of what real music looks and sounds like.

terry
terry

This show was amazing! You should be fired, you obviously don't know what your talking about. Those girls are awesome!!!!! I wasn't even a HAIM fan until last night at the show. I'm blown away!!! You must not have gotten an interview with them backstage like my team did. lol Dont be a poor sport, your'e just not cool enough. haha

Jessica Beck
Jessica Beck

whats with all the bitterness at the New Times lately?? Show was incredible idk what this sourpuss was watching but someone needs to get him some cheap beer

Brandon Agosto
Brandon Agosto

This sounds like a cranky old man writing for rolling stone, except even worse writing. Lol

Ade Peever
Ade Peever

Patronising bullshit. Rolland is just sore that he couldn't get a Springsteen ticket.

Mandy Lou
Mandy Lou

Did this person go to the same show? Could not have.

Shareef Habib
Shareef Habib

the reviewer went to the wrong show. Haim was amazing and he should have wrote more on the terrible crowd last night full of teens that dont know how to jam out to good music instead of ragging on the band #hatersgonnahate

ccandsmfan
ccandsmfan

this show was amazing, not sure if the person who wrote it was at the same show..? instead of highlighting a small fault such as their lyrics (which by all accounts is not a fault because their songs are both catchy and meaningful-a lot more than the other artists' out there that are around the same age group), they should've highlighted their amazing energy and musical prowess...not even a mention of their insane drum solo at the end. Haim definitely deserved a different review. 

Sebastian Antonio Leon
Sebastian Antonio Leon

Sam Haim at Bonnaroo, and Este's "antics" were probably one of the best part of the show.

Desirée Marengo
Desirée Marengo

Seth Masson dying. The two comparisons we discussed yesterday. Guess you were right

offbeatblink
offbeatblink

I can understand if Este's stage antics weren't you're cup of tea (it does seem forced at times), but I'll have to disagree with you on the Shoshanna comparison. Both crazy characters, but completely different vibes. Personally, I enjoyed Este as the band's hype man. These are poppy songs. The last thing I want is introverted Danielle doing most of the talking and bumming the party out.


Also, Alana is the youngest at 22, not Danielle. Wikipedia, bro.

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