Smart Bets: Comet West

Local indie-rockers Comet West (Samuel Robbins, Shane Bennet, Nick Rodriguez and Britt Benson-Greer) are set to release their new EP, Weaker Things. The six tracks range from the ardent "Strong Gust," on which Robbins pushes his vocals to their ragged edge, to "Busy Work," with its intricate percussion and jangling layers of guitars. (Look for a review at mountainx.com.) The band came together just last year out of previous project Elkmont Place. They recently celebrated their anniversary with this Facebook post: "Thanks to all the people who have come to shows, downloaded songs, shot videos for us, helped us record or supported us in any other way. It really means a lot." Weaker Things launches at The Mill Room on Friday, Oct. 18. Onawa and Total War also perform. 9 p.m., $7/$5. ashevillemillroom.com.

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