Smart bets: Hello Hugo

“We had some material that we wanted to put down before [bassist] Nick Prather moved to Durham,” says Hello Hugo keyboard player Rosser Douglas. The band (including guitarist Justin Holt and percussionist Reid Weigner) set out to record a few songs while holed up in a cabin during a weekend in March 2015. “We ended up playing and recording so much that we found ourselves with enough to cut into a cohesive album.” If Section Secrets, a nine-track mix of rock, experimental and ambient sounds (the bristling, thrashy-folk of “Hash Brown” is welcomingly celebratory; “Importing” is all dark thrum and resonance) will be released with a show — featuring the band’s full original lineup — at The Mothlight on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 9:30 p.m. Sharing the bill, Weigner’s other project, Giant Giants, drops its first full-length album. $5. themothlight.com. Photo courtesy of Hello Hugo

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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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