Thursday is the new Friday: What to do on July 21

No shame in starting the weekend early. You’re reading this post on the weekend, and it’s nice, right? So take a cue from your relaxed state and kick off next weekend on Thursday. July 21 has a number of entertainment options worthy of your careful consideration.

It’s a progressive hip-hop two-fer: Eyes of the Elders and Mr. Invisible share a bill at One Stop (which occupies the former Stella’s space at 55 College St.). Doors at 9 p.m., show at 10 p.m. $5.

About the bands: Eyes of the Elder, from Charlotte, N.C., got its start in 2004. Founding members/emcees Ricky Radar and Bearcat have been constant forces in the self-described “hip-hop/twangy, gritty, grimy/indie rock-hop” outfit. The current lineup (since ‘08) includes drummer Jacob Gresham, guitarist and vocalist Boss Jones, and bassist Jason Pentecost.

Watch the band’s inexplicable but entertaining video for “Spitcup”:

Mr. Invisible, also from Charlotte, is two emcee/producers (Justin Aswell and Ill-Use) and one DJ (local musical genius Marley Carroll). “What began in 1998 as 16 year old kids rocking shows at the forefront of the N.C. indie music scene, has turned into one of the most innovative and original groups in indie hip-hop today, ” says press for the band. “Up-tempo beats, fast raps, and B-boy inspired breaks are the backbone of the group’s sound.”

Watch Mr. Invisible’s “Live @ Bass Church” video (beware of falling f-bombs):

The Devil Makes Three, poised to drop new album Stomp and Smash this fall, comes to The Grey Eagle for a 9 p.m. show. Blind Boy Chocolate and The Milk Sheiks open. $10 advance/$12 day of show.

The Devil Makes Three is Pete Bernhard (front man/guitar), Lucia Turino (bass) and Cooper McBean (guitar). That’s three, so no telling which one is the devil. In fact, they play with all the earnest soul of a trio of renegade choristers. “With a slightly punk perspective on vintage American blues, The Devil Makes Three is a breath of fresh musical air,” says press.

Watch the video for “All Hail”:

Want an excuse to head out of town? Local singer/songwriter Angela Faye Martin (her gorgeously eerie album Pictures From Home was produced by the late and sorely-missed Mark Linkous) announces a rare appearance. She plays at the Macon County Library in Franklin, N.C. at 7 p.m. It’s a free show and Martin promises to “debut some new stuff.”

Watch the video for “Pictures From Home”:

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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