Anyone who came of age in the 90s is tempted to view HAIM with skepticism. I mean, the whole three-sisters-playing-pop-music–together-on-real-instruments-with-flowing-hair shtick instantly pegs them as a sort of updated, more cosmopolitan version of Hanson, reviving memories of insufferable rockist teeny boppers and the “MMMBop” noises they made. Fortunately, a listen to Days Are Gone—with its smart, unpretentious mix of 70’s L.A. folk-rock, 80’s MOR influences, mid-to-late-90’s Robert “Mutt” Lange-era Shania Twain, and a little late-90s R&B thrown in for good measure—dispels all fear about a Middle of Nowhere redux.
Sat., May 10, 8 p.m.; Sun., May 11, 8 p.m., 2014

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