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Cracker, Red Collar, Almost People 

When: Sat., Sept. 24, 8 p.m. 2011
Price: $18-20

There is no more appropriate local band to help Motorco ring in its one-year anniversary than Red Collar. Maintaining a 550-capacity club in the Bull City has been a struggle; booking manager Chris Tamplin recently moved back to his post at Raleigh's Tir na nOg, with Glenn Boothe of Chapel Hill's venerable Local 506 stepping in to help fill the gap. Appropriately, struggle is what Red Collar's taut anthems are all about: Replacements-style angst meets E Street bombast in jagged instrumentals climbing through crescendos that never seem to end. Singer Jason Kutchma polishes it off, wrapping his rustic bark around working-class narrative. It's an unquenchable mix of browbeaten romanticism and unbreakable optimism. Headlining is Cracker, the accomplished modern-rock band born from the ashes of Camper Van Beethoven circa 1990 in California; leader David Lowery calls Richmond, Va., home these days. —Jordan Lawrence

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