Lydia Loveless on Bloodshot Records

Palpable emotion rings front and center for Lydia Loveless, the alt country singer with a punk attitude. Raw, raucous honky tonk defines Indestructible Machine, her Bloodshot Records debut and burst onto the national scene in 2011.  On 2014’s Somewhere Else, Lydia (néeLydia Ankrom) honed in on her revealing, relationship-driven lyrical chops and soulful, twangy vocals. Insightful, nostalgic songs of longing and heartbreak beyond her years — she was just 23 at the time — characterize the record. 2016’s Real is sleeker, with a more alt rock-oriented sound, but she’s just as incisive and, well, real.