Eight Gigs: Drop Dead Red

Sat., Dec. 10, 8:30 p.m., Old Ironsides, $10

“She drinks the guys in her band under the table,” one reviewer says about Carly DuHain, the lead singer and guitar player of local band Drop Dead Red. This may or may not be true, but it doesn’t matter much after you take a listen to the kind of from-the-gut music she makes. DuHain is a strong singer with a voice reminiscent of Janis Joplin, belting out fragility and heart-wrenching pain in a way that says she’s owning it, and everything that goes with it, for better or worse. The band’s pop-tinged blues-rock riffs are dressing.