Lydia Loveless, Somewhere Else (Bloodshot Records)
What a better world we’d live in if America’s teenage girls admired this fearless Ohio cow punk instead of Taylor Swift. As impressive as Indestructible Machine was when she made her Bloodshot debut in 2011, Loveless’ third and latest is simply stunning, showing even more musical and lyrical maturity. That barn-burning voice! That hell-raising attitude! She’s no goody two-shoes—she’s got her unhealthy crushes and bad habits, to be sure—but neither is she ever anything less than a paradigm of fully empowered self-respect.
Rating on the four-star scale: 4 stars.
Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
On her third album, this St.