The five gentlemen who bring the Fort Lean to life met a decade ago at the famously freewheeling site of institutional discovery called Wesleyan University. Jake, Sam and Zach formed a band on the first day of class and were joined a few years later by Keenan and Will. The “P.C.U.” school’s hyper-social climate and bevy of battling bands set the tone for the real world beyond its progressive quad. After graduating:Read More
American sister act Haim — their name simply taken from the trio’s surname — formed in 2006 after spending their childhood as part of family cover band Rockinhaim. They grew up together in California’s San Fernando Valley, where they were brought up listening to Joni Mitchell, the Beatles, Santana, and the sounds of Motown, to name a few of their diverse influences. The three-piece played local venues and crafted their own R&B-influenced, soft rock sound until eldest sister Este (guitar/bass) left to study Ethnomusicology at UCLA, while middle child Danielle (vocals, guitar) toured with Jenny Lewis and then the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas on his solo tour. The youngest of the group, Alana (guitar/keyboard), dropped out of college in her first year to concentrate on the band once Este and Danielle returned. Later, Dash Hutton was installed on drums to complete the band’s live lineup.
They began playing shows again and supported acts such as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Ke$ha, but it wasn’t until 2012 that their star quickly began to rise. A successful show at Texas music festival South by Southwest landed them a record deal with Polydor in the U.K., and they subsequently released an EP titled Forever that year. Their polished mixture of Fleetwood Mac-inspired rock, ’80s synth pop, and ’90s R&B influences such as Destiny’s Child, garnered attention from blogs and music critics alike that built a feverish hype around the band. The three-piece’s popularity in the U.K. swelled on the back of the release of single “Don’t Save Me” and at the end of 2012, they became the first female group to win the influential BBC Sound of 2013 award.
After months of anticipation, FYF Fest is ready to unveil the lineup and location of the 2014 incarnation of the festival. Taking place August 23rd and 24th, the 11th annual FYF Fest will feature headlining performances from The Strokes and Phoenix,Read More
2013 was a great year in music. So many great albums to choose from! Coming up with only ten picks was nearly impossible. I…Read More
In celebration of their debut album Days Are Gone, HAIM has announced that they will hit the road in Spring 2014 for a North American headlining tour. The tour will kick off April 9 in San Francisco, with the band making stops in major cities including New York, Boston,Read More
UK’s TOURIST, the recent signing to the UK duo Disclosure’s label Method Records will release his brand new EP later this year. The new collection, self-produced by William Phillips, features the track “Stay”, which was revealed today.Read More
Riding high on the wave of their pastel doom, LA industrial pop duo IO ECHO are gearing up for their fifth tour of 2013, now alongside fellow Angelenos and longtime comrades Haim. The pair of Leopold Ross and Ioanna Gika,Read More
HAIM will release their debut album, Days Are Gone, on September 30 via Columbia Records.Recorded mostly in HAIM’s native Los Angeles, the album sees sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim working alongside acclaimed producers Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Vampire Weekend) and James Ford,Read More
The Prize, awarded in three categories, was developed in honor of Creative Director Brent Grulke, who passed away on August 13, 2012. Brent’s love of music and the spirit of the festival is reflected in the three Prize categoriesRead More