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Twenty-six-year-old Ohioan Lydia Loveless arrived at the Troubadour on Thursday with freshly shorn hair, her signature smoldering vocals in fine form and a healthy dose of “Real.” That’s the title of her fourth album, released in August, a collection of alternately punky, country and poppy rockers highlighted by such singles as “Longer,” “Same To You” and “Out On Love.” Her faithful was out in force, too peppering the singer with questions in between songs.
For Richmond, Va.-based Angelica Garcia, who opened, it was a homecoming show — she’s a Los Angeles native (playing her first L.A. show since she was 17 years old) whose father, siblings and grandfather were in the crowd. She dedicated a few to songs to her grandpa. Performing songs from her debut “Medicine for Birds,” came out last year, she captivated the crowd from the first note, opening with a solo number and then her swooping vocals into a rocking, full-band set.
Photos by Ashly Covington