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Tonight’s concert picks: HAIM at Tower Theater, Hoots and Hellmouth at Boot & Saddle, The Interest Group at Underground Arts and more

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
Sister rock trio HAIM (a former XPN artist to watch) are putting a big year behind them. After their debut album, Days Are Gone, was released this past September, they’ve gotten a deal with Target to have their song “Forever” appear in the store’s commercials, and have planned out their first nationwide and European tour. Tonight, they’ll stop by Tower Theater. The show will start at 8 p.m. and the $32 tickets can be purchased here.

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Just Announced: Haim performing at The TLA on 5/14

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Former XPN artists to watch Haim have announced a U.S. tour that brings them to The TLA on May 14th.  The sister trio broke through the buzz at the 2012 SXSW festival, taking the next year to tour across the States and Europe while recording a debut record that was released in September.  Tickets go on sale Friday, November 22nd at Noon and will be available here.  Watch their video for “The Wire” below.

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First Listen: Stream XPN Artist To Watch Haim’s new album, Days Are Gone

haim Our Artist To Watch this month is the Los Angeles based band of sisters Haim. They release their debut album, Days Are Gone, next Tuesday, September 30th. You can listen to their debut now, in its entirety here via NPR Music. Ann Powers of NPR writes:

HAIM’s thoughtful, playful music is good for the radio, good for rock, and good for music lovers of all ages who need to carve out a little space to dream. Diving into so many different musical wellsprings, HAIM discovered its specific superpower: the ability to channel influences most listeners recognize within a fresh, personal sound. It’s easy to play the game of references on Days Are Gone. “Honey & I” re-imagines Fleetwood Mac as a duo with just Lindsey and Christine; “The Wire” throws its Shania Twain guitar riff against a wall built by The Bangles. The wonderfully moody “My Song 5″ imagines a perfect union of Nirvana and TLC. “Running If You Call My Name” runs up that hill in the Kate Bush and finds Tom Petty free-falling on the other side. And so on, until the jukebox is exhausted.

Listen to Days Are Gone here.
Purchase the album here.


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Watch Haim at Made In America

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
The sisters of Haim performed on the Made In America Liberty Stage, early in the day on Saturday. They told stories of growing up in Philly going to Wildwood, had shoes thrown at them, and played a set that showcased their charisma and classic rock flavored songs including, “The Wire,” and “Falling.” Watch the video below and check out the photo recaps of both days of Made In America here.

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Recap: Beyonce, Phoenix, Public Enemy, Haim and more at Made In America day one

Beyonce | Photo by John Vettese
Beyonce | Photo by John Vettese
The opening day of the 2013 Made In America festival was jam packed with a wide variety of sounds and styles, from Haim kicking off the day at the festival’s Liberty Stage to EDM heavy hitter Porter Robinson making the crowd move on the Freedom Stage and tremendous headlining performance by Beyoncé.

Some of the amazing / exciting / unusual things we observed during the day: Philly’s Restorations rocked an impressive set on the Skate Park stage, with singer-guitarist Jon Loudon playing so hard that he cut his hand open and splattered blood all over his guitar. During Public Enemy‘s set, local teacher Heather Marcus was brought onstage to make an impassioned speech about the need to support public schools in Philadelphia. Alt-rock heros Imagine Dragons gave a propulsive, high-energy performance, while Phoenix delivered an impressive assortment of hits, deep cuts and bright stage lights. With all the Deadmau5 fans walking around the festival grounds during the day with imaginatively decorated mouse heads (one dude’s was done up like a disco ball), the Los Angeles via Toronto DJ’s set was a tremendous crescendo that set the stage well for Ms. Knowles’ incredible closing performance. Check out a massive photo recap in the gallery below, and follow XPN on Instagram to keep tabs on today’s action.

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The Week So Far: 10 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Philadelphia Folk Fest, Heyward Howkins, Chris Zurich)

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Folkadelphia welcomed American primitive guitarist Don Bikoff for this week’s session [link]

Get prepped for this weekend’s Philadelphia Folk Fest with The Key’s Week of Folk guide [link]

Heyward Howkins‘ sophomore record Be Frank, Furness is now streaming on Soundcloud [link]

Watch a video for XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week, “The Wire” by HAIM [link]

Local musician Chris Zurich is about to release Black Ink – download “Annie” today [link]

Yeah Yeah Yeahs announce September show at Penn’s Landing [link]

Trip out with Aunt Dracula‘s new video for “Timecoat” [link]

The Spinto Band is back with another creative video, this time for “Shake It Off” [link]

Amos Lee shares scenes of recording his latest record in a trailer for Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song [link]

Stream new songs from Girls Against Boys and Balance and Composure [link and link]

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Watch a music video for XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “The Wire” by HAIM (playing Made In America)

HAIMThe band Haim makes high-energy, high-emotion music, but they let their sense of humor show on the music video for “The Wire,” XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week. In it, sisters Alana, Danielle, and Este Haim realize that, on the cusp of rock stardom, it’s time to dispense with their awkward, nerdy boyfriends – one of whom is played by Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone. Three breakups and hilarity ensue; watch it unfold in the video below. Haim plays the Made In America Festival on August 31st; tickets and more information can be found here.

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “The Wire” by Haim

haim This week’s “Gotta Hear Song of the Week” is “The Wire,” a new song from Haim, three sisters from Los Angeles who have been enjoying a surge in popularity in the last year. Sisters Alana, Danielle, and Este Haim are gaining quite the following on the strength of a stellar EP and extensive touring around the world. It seems as though with every stop they make, fans can’t get enough of their sisterly harmonies, their classic rock influences, their fun performances, and their charm. Last week Haim announced the release of their full length debut, Days are Gone, coming out on Colombia Records on September 30th. The band’s next Philly appearance is on August 31st for the Made in America Festival; tickets and information are available here. Below, listen to “The Wire.”

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The XPN New Music Tuesday hot list

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Haim

Throughout the day it’s new music Tuesday on XPN; here’s a little sampler of some new records to dig into. Below are new songs from roots rockers Deer Tick, Blitzen Trapper and Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, the sunshiny future classic rock sound of the Haim sister, the kaleidoscopic brilliance of MGMT and The Polyphic Spree, our “Gotta Hear Song of The Week” from the San Francisco orchestral-pop band, The Family Crest, and The Head and The Heart.

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