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Rock Picks, February 6: Lydia Loveless at Motorco

Lydia Loveless brings an emotional show to Durham’s Motorco Music Hall on Wednesday.
Lydia Loveless brings an emotional show to Durham’s Motorco Music Hall on Wednesday. BLACKLETTER

While they don’t sound a bit alike, Lydia Loveless is sort of the underground-country circuit’s answer to Mary J. Blige. Like The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Loveless doesn’t have the prettiest or purest voice. But flaws and all, they’ll both sure enough make you feel what they’re feeling. On Loveless’ most recent album, “Somewhere Else” (Bloodshot Records), she’s feeling a mood swing of emotions that pinball back and forth between love, lust, anguish and semi-murderous rage. Then at the very end, she closes with a very cool cover of the Kirsty MacColl/Tracey Ullman song “They Don’t Know” as a nice and light chaser. Loveless will serve that up live Wednesday at Durham’s Motorco Music Hall, with Melissa Swingle opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12-$14. See motorcomusic.com for details.

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