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Music, All Shook Down Murderous Music: On David Bazan's Brutally Suggestive "Second Best"

Murderous Music: On David Bazan's Brutally Suggestive "Second Best"

The tradition of the murder ballad goes back a long way in music -- Nick Cave did a chilling album of them if you need a primer -- for the same reason we read novels about murder all the time:…
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Music, Hear This David Bazan Band: Show Preview

David Bazan Band: Show Preview

For the most part, Pedro the Lion's discography glosses as a litany of soft-spoken parables about the ties that bind everyday people to the decidedly sub-divine realm of modern life. But Control, which came out in 2002, and which Wikipedia…
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Music, Hear This David Bazan: Show Preview

David Bazan: Show Preview

There may be no more eloquent ex-Christian in indie-rock than David Bazan. Once the voice and songwriting engine of the semireligious outfit Pedro the Lion, Bazan now records and tours under his own name. The newly agnostic singer-songwriter's excellent new…
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Music, Hear This David Bazan: Show Preview

David Bazan: Show Preview

David Bazan has never been one for self-censorship. As the sole constant member of Seattle indie stalwarts Pedro the Lion, he set the narratives of his unflinching smarts to slowcore worship hymns, folksy murder ballads, and seething reprisal rock. Since…
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Music, Reviewed Pedro the Lion

Pedro the Lion

The cast of Pedro the Lion's latest seems lifted from a lost Arthur Miller tragedy. There are gambling-addict husbands, faithless lovers, and joyless amputees by the dozen. It's a dour crew, all brought to life through David Bazan's just-secular-enough-to-sell coo…
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Music, Reviewed The Six Parts Seven

The Six Parts Seven

Founded by Allen and Jay Karpinski in 1995, Ohio's the Six Parts Seven (manifested these days as anything from a quartet to a sextet) has crafted three full-lengths (and a split EP with the Black Keys) that provide listeners with…
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Hear This

Have you ever wondered what would happen if indie rock's prominent players were stranded on a remote island? Let's first set aside the obvious. The Strokes and Interpol would die from heat stroke after refusing to shed their respective leather…
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Music, Sympathy for the Devil

Sympathy for the Devil

David Bazan is a good Christian with a habit. He's been doing a lot of interviews these days about his band Pedro the Lion, and he's been telling anybody who'll listen not to, you know, play up his religious background.…
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