Haim Coming to Get You
Have you got a favorite Haim sister? There’s Este, the bass-playing, wise-cracking older sister, and Alana—the baby—who plays keyboards and percussion. In the middle is Danielle, who sings lead vocals and plays guitar onstage but plays the quiet one in interviews, hanging back while her sisters carry on. It’s like this band was conceived by a Jewish, music-loving Louisa May Alcott! The sisters have delivered on all their early promise, with a well-received debut album (Days Are Gone, 2013), and even though I can’t hear the opening bars of “The Wire” without thinking of “Heartache Tonight,” I’m already anxious to hear what they’ll come up with next. Haim play the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan on April 17 ($20).
Men of ‘Stille
Dan Smith, lead singer of Bastille, has the kind of big, soaring voice that makes hit singles out of songs such as “Pompeii,” but he also knows when to tone it down. Quieter, low-key tunes “Flaws” and “Oblivion” are equally stirring, and “Weight of Living, Part II” is downright playful. Am I the only one getting a Simple Minds vibe off these guys? I mean that as a compliment. They could perform the hell out of “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” if they felt like it. Bastilles play House of Blues on April 19 ($20), and I’m going to be an optimist about it.
On Sale Now
Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn announced he was gay in a recent Rolling Stone interview, and now you can support his coming out by coming out when Neon Trees light up the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan on June 5 ($20). Oh, oh—I want some more. What are you waiting for?