V WEB EXCLUSIVE: IT’S HABIBI, BB

Habibi’s songs are heavily influenced by Motown girl groups of the 1960s, but I wouldn’t mistake their retro-centricity for nostalgia. The all-female all-business Brooklyn-based band would rather live in a time when music wasn’t defined by gender, surely—but their respect for the ladies who paved the way for their Wall-of-Sound sound is epic. Lead singer and founder Rahill Jamalifard borrows perhaps in equal parts from her Detroit-based adolescence, her Persian background, and her New York experience.

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