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Preview: Haim

Noah Bonaparte Pais on the band coming to One Eyed Jacks Oct. 6


There is no single antecedent for Haim's Days Are Gone (Polydor), the momentous debut LP whose release this week seems certain to rewrite the sound of 2013. Rather, there are several: Christine McVie, Pat Benatar, Phil Collins, En Vogue. That none of them have registered as pop-cultural references since the Clinton Administration only makes the takeover more delicious. Californian sisters Danielle, Este and Alana Haim write and perform airwave-ruling anthems that somehow sound oblivious to outside influence and absolutely in step with the continuums of classic soft rock, R&B and girl-power pop. An accumulation of trickling singles that wrap around the calendar, reaching back to October 2012, Days Are Gone is cavernous, arena-filling music, absurdly assured of its ability to do what all the best pop does — make new songs sound familiarly old. "Falling," "Forever" and "The Wire" are Haim's three most recognizable tracks, and their back-to-back-to-back sequencing to open the album is audacious, an all-in bet that there's more to this band than what you've already heard. The windfall comes with the aviator-shaded "Honey & I" (which updates Fleetwood Mac's "Hold Me," a song Haim covered on last year's Just Tell Me That You Love Me tribute) and horns-out seether "My Song 5" (the latter cowritten by hotshot producer Ariel Rechtshaid, who nails a rare balance of offbeat crackle and mainstream snap throughout). It's all the more impressive considering one of the group's best cuts didn't make it: "Send Me Down," a stuttering, stop/start stunner released as a B-side to "Don't Save Me." If that's an indication of what Haim's holding back, the sound of 2014 might have already come. Io Echo opens. Tickets $12 advance purchase, $15 day of show. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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