The brash and whipsmart "Jerk," about an asshole who keeps turning Coplan on despite herself, is a firestorm of a hit, and the lyric "I was just a picture in your head/And now I'm looking for my T-shirt in your bed" was one of the best of 2011. "The song walks a fine line: guys realize maybe they've done this to a girl, and girls see they're in a similar situation," Coplan says. In recent release parties in NYC and DC, the audience has been shouting back lyrics. The catchy-as-hell chorus is a fan fave: "Could have been your eyes/Coulda been your smile/Coulda been your I-don't-give-a-fuck style."

Part of the allure is Coplan's songwriting craft, steeped in pop culture references, from reminiscing about first meeting a lover at CVS to cursing "people who take too long at Starbucks." Everything reflects her world. "It goes in two directions: creepy people-watching or stalking, or past relationships," she says. "I tend to draw from that past relationship. I'm over it, but I'm just drawn to characters."

Chances are, the character Coplan dated while at Tufts thinks he's the "Jerk." He might even be at the Lizard, taking some credit for her success. With enough pages already dedicated to him in that notebook, no coincidence Coplan's ready to buy another one.

STEPHIE COPLAN & THE PEDESTRIANS + WILL DAILEY | Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge | February 18 @ 9 pm | 21+ | $10 | 617.547.0759 or

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