From the No Wave of Lounge Lizards to his avant jazz with John Zorn to his work with Tom Waits, Marc Ribot has consistently been one of the most inventive guitar players alive. His stylistic range is astounding and his influence knows no bounds. Teaming up with Shahzad Ismaily (Secret Chiefs 3, Will Oldham, Ben Frost) and Ches Smith (Xiu Xiu, Secret Chiefs 3, Trevor Dunn’s Trio Convulsant), Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog is possibly Ribot’s most fiery projects to date. They’re getting ready to release their much anticipated third album YRU Still Here?, and the first single “Muslim Jewish Resistance” is a politically charged assault worth the wait.
On Tuesday night, a pair of hip hop veterans, Big K.R.I.T. and Ty Dolla $ign, take the party to the Orange Peel for what should be one of the best hip hop shows to come to Asheville for the foreseeable future.
On Thursday night, don’t miss Caroline Rose at The Mothlight. Rose’s new album LONER is one of the most fun records released so far in 2018, combining some late 70s new wave with modern pop and a great sense of humor.
One show that may sneak under your radar this week is Sunday’s lineup at Fleetwood’s. Having never heard of any of the performers I was pleasantly surprised when I checked out Jeff Beam‘s music. The singer-songwriter from Portland, Maine makes some really dreamy, spacey folk rock along the lines of Midlake or Bill Fay. But don’t just come for Beam, local Jaeger Wells plays some pretty killer power pop.
There’s plenty more worth catching this week, including Agent Orange at the Mothlight on Wednesday, Secret Shame at the Odditorium on Thursday, Loamlands & Nana Grizol at The Mothlight on Friday, Leanne Womack at Diana Wortham Theatre on Saturday, Brie Capone & The Maggie Valley Band at The Mothlight on Saturday, and Lupe Fiasco at Salvage Station on Saturday.