Xpress playlist: Beats and rhymes

Spiritual Rez, photo courtesy of the band

This week’s playlist starts with a deeply soulful groove and wraps up with delicate finger-strumming. In between, there’s trip-hop, hip-hop, indie-rock and reggae — all of which will make you want to dance, even if it’s a slow dance with your sweetie.

• “Merci” by HoveyKraft, the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Ben Hovey, from his new album, Alpha. Hovey performs at the Lobster Trap on Oct. 1 and Marketplace on Oct. 2.
• “Les Labas,” a song by Henri Texier, is remixed by Bonono, who performs at DJ set at The Orange Peel on Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 p.m.
• “Almost Famous,” is by New Orleans-based bounce artist Big Freedia. She’ll be at New Mountain on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Read the story here.
• “Dour Percentage” is from Paralytic Stalks by of Montreal. The Athens, Ga.-based band returns to The Grey Eagle on Wednesday, Oct. 1.
• “Man’s Hands,” from Apocalypse Whenever, is by Boston’s reggae-rock collective Spiritual Rez. The group plays New Mountain on Thursday, Oct. 2.
• “Wide Awake,” is from Tied to a Star, the new solo album by J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. He’ll be at The Grey Eagle on Sunday, Sept. 28.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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