That Lissie isn’t more of a household name is a bit of a conundrum; her relative obscurity can be attributed, perhaps, to the fact that her raspy, distinctive voice seems reminiscent of an earlier era. The Illinois-bred indie-folk singer’s pipes have drawn comparisons to Stevie Nicks, along with vocal stylings associated with female indie artists of the ’90s grunge movement. The singer/songwriter first gained attention with her widely shared 2010 cover of Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness,” which hit the Internet right around the same time as her soulful debut, Catching a Tiger, released to some critical acclaim, but not a whole lot of radio play—though her just-dropped new album My Wild West might change that. Catch Lissie before she strikes it big when she headlines a show at Royale in support of the new record on April 16.
Lissie plays at 7 pm at Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston (617-338-7699), $20, boweryboston.com