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J Kutchma & the Five Fifths, BJ Barham, Ryan Gustafson 

When: Fri., July 6, 10 p.m. 2012
Price: $8

Red Collar—the Durham bar-punk band fronted by Jason Kutchma—makes songs largely about redemption. Pastoral, Kutchma's solo debut, buries the bright endings to offer an unflinching examination of failure. It opens with a lush, pedal-steel powered ballad called "The End of the World" and ends with a defiant gospel number that resounds with Sisyphean toil. In between, Kutchma lends his burly baritone to wrenching numbers that explore life's endless shortcomings. In the hands of his ace backing band, though, desperation becomes poetry. "I used to believe in a lot of things," he croons at one point over a solitary acoustic guitar, "I used to believe in believing." Kutchma faces his defeats with fortitude, harnessing them to create his most successful songs yet. Ryan Gustafson and American Aquarium's BJ Barham lend support. $8/10 p.m. —Jordan Lawrence

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