Xpress Playlist: Love lost and found

Soul Train dancers, photo by Jeffery Daniels

These are not your ordinary love songs. And some aren’t actually love songs at all — Malcolm Holcombe’s “Pitiful Blues,” EDJ’s “For the Boy Who Moved Away” — but the emotions still apply.

On this week’s playlist:

• “When You Were Mine” by local rockers Posh Hammer.
• “Pitiful Blues,” the title track from the new album by Malcolm Holcombe. He performs at The Grey Eagle on Saturday, Aug. 30.
• “Coffee” off the self-titled album by Sylvan Esso, who launched their tour at The Mothlight this week.
• “My Dear,” by soul artist Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics who opened this week’s installment of Downtown After 5.
• “Columbiana” by local space age-jazz outfit Hank West & the Smokin’ Hots, off last year’s Starship Nighthawk. That group has a number of shows coming up, including as part of Teatro del Gusto circus cabaret at The Orange Peel on Sunday, Aug. 17; and as part of DIG Festival on Friday, Aug. 22.
• “For the Boy Who Ran Away,” by Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats, from his solo album, EDJ. Johnson performs at Transfigurations II, at The Grey Eagle, on Thursday, Aug. 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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