The first thing to know: Haim rhymes with “time” and not “name.” These three sisters from the Valley — Este, 27, Danielle, 24, and Alana, 21 — craft songs so fresh and compelling that they're poised to take over the indie-pop world. The comparisons they've garnered to Fleetwood Mac aren't without merit (check their fantastic cover of “Hold Me” for reference), but on their major-label debut, Days Are Gone, Haim have revealed themselves to be something all their own. From the stuttering echoes of “Falling” and the infectious clap-along chorus of “The Wire” to their newest songs, they're poised for domination. And, in a case of fortuitous timing, they've got a European tour opening for Phoenix in November. —Patrick James

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