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Lydia Loveless

8 p.m. Friday, November 18. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.


All moral claims about cloning aside, grafting the DNA of Exene Cervenka onto Neko Case's helix in a Thee Headcoatees Petri dish is worth a shot. And who could blame Bloodshot Records for trying with young, Ohio-born punkabilly Lydia Loveless? Indestructible Machine, her 2011 debut for the Chicago label, presents a singer with god-given pipes and a songwriter of godless honesty, swinging between rural-route feminism, pure country calamity and anti-bullshit ass kicking. She's good enough and fierce enough to make Miranda Lambert or any other honky-tonk girlfriend from Hell hang up their revenge fantasies. Loveless is the real, country-punk, heartbreaking thing.

After the Show: Loveless will tie you up in cheap guitar strings, douse you in cheaper liquor and sing you Kitty Wells all night — and make you like it.

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