“Is there anyone left in this sea of a city, city by the sea?/It’s getting harder to hear you when you speak/Through the smoke and mirrors of the silver screen,” Pearl Charles wonders on the title track of her 2018 debut full-length album, Sleepless Dreamer. The local singer is an incisive chronicler of life and love in this strange city. She masks her sadness about the callousness of so many men with the effusive chords of the jangling pop tune “All the Boys,” which she contrasts with her unabashed romantic admiration amid the subdued and soulful keyboards of “Long Hair.” Without getting overtly political, Charles addresses the state of the union today, and how friends have turned numb to modern events, when she succinctly points out, “We’re all connected in the same way.” Morgan Delt, Vinyl Williams and The Sunsettes also perform.
Lodge Room, 104 N. Avenue 56, Second Floor, Highland Park; Sat., July 27, 8 p.m.; $18. (323) 509-2861, lodgeroomhlp.com.