Michael Mayer: “SXSW 2014: The best things I saw – Lydia Loveless”

Photo: Meri Simon

Photo: Meri Simon

Already an underground favorite on the alt-country scene, Loveless’s genre-bending new album “Somewhere Else” slides her toward the “alt” side of that spectrum and has earned her huge buzz from Spin, NPR and Rolling Stone, among others. You can still hear the country in her commanding voice, though, as she sings of love, desire and regret in sentiments so raw and honest you’ll almost blush. She played seven shows with her band at SXSW, focusing almost exclusively on her sizzling new material. This album is going to take Loveless to a new level; don’t miss the chance to see her while she’s still playing a tiny club.