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Folkadelphia Session: Lydia Loveless

Photo by Patrick Crawford
Photo by Patrick Crawford

Our love for Lydia Loveless is well documented. Off and online, we stood on top of any platform that would have us and shouted to the world “LISTEN TO SOMEWHERE ELSE, FALL HARD FOR LOVELESS!” Lydia and her band are pros at creating music that hits the sweet spot between country twang, rock with abandon, and pop sensibilities. There are songs to shout, songs to sing along to, and songs to feel deeply with. We were honored to welcome Lydia and her crew to the XPN Studios. The band took a load off and let Loveless perform as a duo with guitarist Todd May. Though the bark of the full band was absent, the bite inherent to the music was still very much there. Take a listen and go see Lydia Loveless support Ben Bridwell and Iron & Wine at Union Transfer on July 28th. Continue reading →

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Ohio songstress Lydia Loveless rocked MilkBoy with TJ Kong, Josh Olmstead

Lydia Loveless | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Lydia Loveless | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Equal parts rock and country, Lydia Loveless is a shot of rhythmic fire. And for 90-plus minutes last Thursday the Ohio-based songstress and her band held a crowded MilkBoy under her spell.

Only 24, Loveless spins tales of desire and soul with a knowhow of someone twice her age. Her voice curls with country swirl on songs like the utterly brilliant “To Love Somebody,” while her lyrics often instantly become memorable, like on “Verlaine Shot Rimbaud.” Both aforementioned songs are from her solid 2014 album Somewhere Else, which was heavily featured in the setlist. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lydia Loveless at MilkBoy, J Mascis and Kneebody at World Cafe Live

Lydia Loveless | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
Lydia Loveless | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

There are plenty of reasons why Rolling Stone names Lydia Loveless as one of it’s “10 New Artists You Need to Know” back in January. She mashes punk rock, classic country and honky-tonk together, creating a unique sound that catches a listener’s ear. Another reason could be her talent as a songwriter, writing as if she was writing in her journal. Maybe it’s her courage to be bold enough to expose all of her qualities, whether good or bad. Whatever reason appeals the most to you, Lydia Loveless is definitely an artist check out. She’s also the artist that will be rocking the house down at MilkBoy tonight with songs like “Somewhere Else,” “Head,” and “Can’t Change Me.” This is definitely a show that you won’t want to miss! Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out her video “Somewhere Else” below. Continue reading →

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Non-COMM Recap: A fierce set from countrified Columbus rocker Lydia Loveless

Lydia Loveless | photo by John Vettese

Columbus Ohio singer and songwriter Lydia Loveless showcased music from her new LP Somewhere Else for the Non-COMM crowd on Friday night. A blend of country music sounds and fierce rock and roll attitude, the stylish Loveless and her four backing musicians easily won over the room. Check out photos from the set below and listen back in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Somewhere Else is out now on Bloodshot Records.

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My Morning Download: “Boy Crazy” by Lydia Loveless

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist
Ladies and gentlemen, there’s an electrifying new roots rocker on the music scene and her name is Lydia Loveless. Born and raised in Coshocton, Ohio, she moved to Columbus, Ohio when she was a young teenager. The 21 year old releases her third full length album on Bloodshot Records on February 18th called Somewhere Else. Raised on punk and country music (her father owned a country music bar), Loveless released her Boy Crazy EP last year and put out her debut in 2010. Loveless can be tough and tender in her lyrics however her music has a lot of rock and roll swagger and a country heart. Like Neko Case, Lucinda Williams and Exene Cervenka, Loveless offers her own special way with songs and a singular, powerful voice to belt it all out with. Below, download “Boy Crazy.”

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Last Bison at World Cafe Live Upstairs, Vomitor at Kung Fu Necktie, Sour Mash at The Fire, Os Mutantes at World Cafe Live Downstairs

Virginian seven-piece The Last Bison perform at World Cafe Live Upstairs tonight.  With a folk-roots style that places them in the same breath as The Lumineers and The Decemberists, The Last Bison create music steeped in the Appalachian tradition of the past.  Their debut EP Inheritance was released in October and features the free download “Switzerland.”  Sharing the stage with The Last Bison are New Sweden.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show are available here.  Below, watch the video for “Switzerland.”

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