Combine the following ingredients: Cardigans, St. Etienne, Curtis Mayfield, The Kinks and The Smiths, add tight musicianship and harmonies and you'll have an idea what their shows sound like.


“Its limber jingle-jangle is directly inspired by luminaries such as Orange Juice and even the Smiths. Charming sounds as if it likes drives by the Thames, not the Hudson, but we’ll indulge its Brit fantasies because they’re just so darn bubbly”
– Time Out NY

“A bold name to take unless you can pull it off, and this indie Brit-pop quartet (actually no one’s from there) does. Guitarist Ravi Krishnaswami and vocalist Nicole St. Clair Stoops have created a reinvention of English ’80s groups with upbeat and modern results.” - The Village Voice

Charming is the indie-pop-soul band founded by guitarist Ravi Krishnaswami in 1994. Singer Nicole Stoops, of D.C.’s The Positions, bass player Jay B. Flatt, of NYC’s acclaimed soul act The Dansettes, and drummer Chris Reitz complete the lineup.

Charming has evolved over the years from a loveable and rough-hewn college radio band to a vibrant NYC live act and finally to an ambitious studio project, drawing comparisons to Velocity Girl, The Smiths, The Sundays, The Cardigans, St. Etienne, The Kinks and even Curtis Mayfield.

Their first CD, Giant (Tweekitten, 1997) brought the band legions of indie-pop fans from places as far as Indonesia and Spain. Their follow-up, Champagne And Magazines (Shelflife, 2001), earned the band much love from the critics, who saw it as a clear departure point for the band, shedding its indie roots for a bigger, tighter sound that drew on the lush arrangements of disco, bossa-nova and 60’s pop.

After a hiatus during which Krishnaswami took the television and film-scoring world by storm, Flatt launched his 60’s girl-group juggernaut The Dansettes, and Stoops joined The Positions, Charming has returned with its third CD, Turn Down The Lights.


Giant (CD, 1997, Tweekitten TK-016)
Champagne and Magazines (CD, 2001, Shelflife LIFE-041)
Turn Down The Lights (CD, 2006, Charmingpop CPOP-001)

"Downtown" from Champagne and Magazines receives alot of streaming, airplay and licensing offers.

Set List

We typically do 40 minute sets, but have no problems doing more or less. Lately our sets feature mostly material from our new album along with some fan favorites from the other two mixed in. Here is our last set list:

Turn Down the Lights
Lost and Found
Working Man
Sunday Afternoon
Let Me Take You Out
Guilty By Association
I Was Wrong