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Jason Kutchma and Stuart McLamb - Local 506 - Aug. 27

Nights at Local 506 don't come any more relaxed and homegrown than Thursday. After a screening of Rat Jackson's cross-state, beer-tasting documentary "Beer Y'all," Red Collar's Jason Kutchma and the Love Language's Stuart McLamb played solo sets. The movie was a testament to good DIY film making, and while it probably owed a lot of its great reception to the fact that almost everyone in the room knew the band personally, it had enough laughs, good rock 'n' roll and insight into brewing culture to make it enjoyable for anyone.

Like the movie, the music was catered to a crowd mostly made of friends. Kutchma watered down the slow-burning intensity of his own songs with a few weaker covers. But his version of Tom Waits' "Better Off Without a Wife" was a touching and hilarious tribute to the bachelorhood of Rat Jackson. McLamb's set was just as casual, featuring a buzzing old amp that emphasized the lo-fi aspect of his songs. And he proved that he has the pipes to turn any song into slow, sensual soul as he transformed Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies' high-throttle "Candyland" into a tender love song.

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Jason Kutchma

Stuart McLamb

- Words and photos by Jordan Lawrence

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