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LIVE: Lydia Loveless @ The Black Cat - 6/19/12

LIVE: Lydia Loveless @ The Black Cat - 6/19/12

Late in 2011, Columbus, Ohio native Lydia Loveless released her second album, Indestructible Machine. Recorded in two days, with only one take on the vocals, it was a raw, heartfelt firecracker of a record that couldn’t be ignored.  Carried by the impossible strength of Loveless' voice, and the almost shocking maturity of her songwriting (at the time she recorded Machine, Loveless was 20 years old) the record quickly shot to the top of many critics year end best of lists – ours included – with Chicago music critic Greg Kot giving the record 3.5 out of 4 stars, calling Loveless “a major new voice blowing into the country-punk dives and honky-tonks.” High praise indeed, but well deserved.

After a year of criss-crossing the country riding the crest of that wave, Loveless’ travels finally brought her to DC last Tuesday. Standing at barely five feet tall, she took the stage to an already packed Back Room at The Black Cat (she was opening for blues-punker Scott H. Biram) and delivered a stripped down, gut wrenching performance that was anything but diminutive.  


Thing You Should Watch: Lydia Loveless - Steve Earle

Our love for Lydia Loveless's album Indestructible Machine (hear it here) pretty much has no bounds, and we'll be talking a little bit more about it next week as we start rolling through some of the best music we've heard this year.

In the meantime, check out Lydia and the band performing one of the best tracks from that album, "Steve Earle", at this years Comfest in Columbus, Ohio. Which isn't DC. Which makes us here at ChunkyGlasses sad. Lydia, it's up to you to fix that, OK?

NOW WITH BONUS "CRAZY"

 


New Releases 4.26.1 - Drugs are bad kidz


 

As we roll further on towards Summer, this week shaped up to be a little bit better than the last Explosions in the Sky a have a new record out which is always (usually) a good thing. The band Times New Viking puts out Dancer Equired this Tuesday which is pretty fun. I'm new to that band, but so far what I've heard has been pretty damn good, so definitely check that out. The clear winner for me though this week is the new release from Thao & Mirah, which is just...well...it's good. Really good.