Haim is three sisters who have grown up playing in a band with their parents. They have now stepped out on their own and judging by one of their sets at SXSW a few weeks ago, it seems as if they’re ready to take over the Indie Rock scene. Their balance between thoughtful, artsy pop and balls to the wall, visceral rock is truly a triumph. Read a more thorough analysis of the band courtesy of Albert Barabas over at The Wild Honey Pie.
Also, watch their feature on Last Call with Carson Daly below.
We’re going to shift gears and get back to some music with classic sensibilities for a while. The burgeoning psychedelic revival happening on the West Coast has spawned two main strains and Ethan Miller of Oakland based Howlin’ Rain has created art in both. Up until 2006 he offered psych rock of a heavy, dark and noisy bent with Comets On Fire, but since then he has explored the other side of psychedelic music that leans more on the blues, roots music and classic soul. Almost more of a singer/songwriter approach, stressing melody over atmosphere. Below you can check out a short documentary, courtesy of Relix, that catches the band in the studio, on the road and on stage. The most poignant parts come when Miller is being interviewed and speaks candidly about the process and struggle of being in a band these days. At least he has the magic touch of legendary producer Rick Rubin to aid with the band’s latest release, The Russian Wilds, which is scheduled for release this Tuesday, February 14th. You will get a sample of the sound Miller is achieving, which has been linked directly to his upbringing in the pristine Northern California enclave of Humboldt County amid the majestic Redwoods.