Photo by Shervin Lainez


Charly Bliss

May 12
8 p.m.
Alternative, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Rock

Brooklyn four-piece Charly Bliss have made 2017 the ascendant year that their debut, Soft Serve, predicted three years ago. Lo-fi yet propulsive, that EP introduced frontwoman Eva Hendricks as a distinct presence with a voice that almost sounded freshly removed from a hit of helium. Three years is a long time for a new band to go without a follow-up — in the interim, the band scrapped an entire version of their debut LP (recorded with Dinosaur Jr./Parquet Courts collaborator Justin Pizzoferrato) and re-recorded another with Kyle “Slick” Johnson. Guppy, which finally saw the light of day last month, is a 30-minute blast, with a ’90s influence reminiscent of bands like Superchunk and Veruca Salt while lyrically the honest and efficient Hendricks deals with romantic insecurity: “Am I the best? Or just the first person to say yes?” she sings on the earworm single “Glitter.” Strange Relations and See Through Dresses open.