Photo by Denise Truscello

Haim’s Percussion-Heavy Set Strikes the Right Chord

The ladies took on the Pearl Concert Theater at Palms April 13

When it comes to mid-set banter about Las Vegas, personal anecdotes from musicians are a dime a dozen. But when those anecdotes are about a life-changing event that would define somebody’s career path and identity, you listen.

That was the case for Este Haim. “I came to this city when I turned 21 just to see Prince … alone,” she said. “It was an incredible show because, duh, it’s Prince! And from that moment on, I knew I wanted to be a musician.” It was a touching story from the bassist of the pop-rock sister trio, who went from jamming with their parents—who were also in attendance at the newly refreshed Pearl Concert Theater at Palms—in their Los Angeles living room to supporting two albums on a nationwide tour.

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The band’s performance was a testament and chronological narrative of its quick ascent to stardom. Haim began its set with a dynamic drum jam that led into the funky shuffle of “Falling.” Singer/guitarist Danielle Haim channeled her inner Jimi Hendrix, twisting her hips while picking the dirty leads of “My Song 5.” Guitarist/percussionist Alana Haim smashed a plethora of drum pads during the synth bounce of “Don’t Save Me.” The trio would dance their way through a medley of tunes off their 2013 debut, Days Are Gone, before launching into another drum jam that transitioned into cuts from last year’s Something to Tell You.

Each member had microphone time: Alana dropped her instruments to dance and twirl Britney Spears-style while Este tossed jabs at Elon Musk during a stripped-down cover of Shania Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” Though it was a relatively clean set, the band ended things short. “We’re playing just minutes before Beyonce at Coachella tomorrow. We’re shitting our pants, to say the least,” Este said.

We’ll let this one slide for Queen Bee. ★★★✩✩

Photos by Denise Truscello

Set List
Don’t Save Me
My Song 5
Want You Back
Nothing’s Wrong
Right Now
Night So Long
The Wire
You Never Knew
That Don’t Impress Me Much (Shania Twain Cover)
Something to Tell You

Walking Away
Found It in Silence