Monday, March 26, 2012


Dudes. Why'd no one tell us LA can be kind of alright sometimes? We just spent a week out there and we're pretty sure we're finally getting the hang of it. It still doesn't hold a candle to New York, but god damn if that west coast music scene isn't going through some sort of golden age renaissance period right now. So much so that we went ahead and fastracked our plans to launch Popshop West (announced later this week), but in the meantime, let's take a quick run through the incredible new bands making LA the hottest scene du jour in the world, starting with the best new band around, Haim.

Hate to say we told you so, but like, guys... we told you so. We had a hunch Haim would be the breakout stars of SXSW 2012, but we were nowhere near prepared for just how incredible they'd be. We're pretty fluent in hyperbole around these parts, but no amount of superlatives could properly communicate just how massive these girls are going to be. Never in our lives have we seen such a sure thing in this industry, and not since Mumford & Sons have we come across a band so thoroughly mind-blowing to anyone who encounters their live show, regardless of taste. So for now, feast your ears on "Better Off" (below) and their debut Forever EP (available for free download here), but be warned, it's just the tip of the iceberg - the live versions of the tracks are a whole new beast, and the massive new songs they have in waiting (see: "The Wire" and "Falling", "Let Me Go") have us all but certain that Haim could be the best (and biggest) band LA's produced in years.

MP3: "Better Off" - HAIM

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