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All words: Katarina Pasinsky // All photos: Katherine Gaines

If you were one of the lucky ones this Valentine’s Day in DC, it wasn’t because a bouquet of roses arrived at your door or because you spent the night snuggling with your lover. If you were one of the lucky ones this Valentine’s Day, it was because you snagged a ticket in time to surrender yourself to the Haim sisters’ gift of sonic bliss at U Street Music Hall.

Daughters of SoCal musicians, Alana, Danielle and Este Haim developed tremendous musical abilities and a powerful stage presence through frequent family performances in their youth. Strongly influenced by ‘80s Fleetwood Mac and ‘90s R&B—namely TLC and Destiny’s Child—the trio brilliantly blends rock and roll with danceable beats, creating an engaging nostalgia for the present.

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Showered in red glows of light, the sisters hooked the crowd with “Better Off,” a track from their first EP, Forever. Transitioning into their latest, most polished release, “Falling,” the movement in U Hall’s basement intensified and swept listeners to the top of Runyon Canyon overlooking the golden haze of the Los Angeles valley. Psychedelic percussion breaks peppered their performance and reverberated throughout the crowd. Finally, an enthusiastic encore, including debut single “Forever,” and “Let Me Go” brought the show to an end.

With a debut album scheduled to be released later this year and recently voted number one on the BBC’s “Sound of 2013” list, these ladies are feeling the love. The eldest, Este, shared this love last Thursday with intermittent witticisms and a final statement. “I wanna fuck you, DC,” she roared. The feeling was mutual, I’m sure.

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Set list:

  • Better Off
  • Falling
  • The Wire
  • Don’t Save Me
  • Go Slow
  • Send Me Down
  • Forever
  • Let Me Go

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  •  The Virgins:

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  •  Robert Delong

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