David Bazan w/ Midwest Dilemma
The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.
$12, 9 p.m., onepercentproductions.com
David Bazan's 2011 album Strange Negotiations has finally sent me full-on into the world of Bazan and his much-revered indie rock band Pedro the Lion. The album, recorded in Bazan's home studio in Seattle, is an album of carefully-crafted, understated indie pop. There's a clean, simple directness to the unfussed instrumentation. While Bazan's lyrics are always a highlight, he steps back here and allows the songs to stand up as strong melodically as they do lyrically. It's the first time Bazan has worked on an album with a host of musicians since his Pedro the Lion days. Bazan is back in clubs for this tour, but he's built an intimate connection with his fans by doing house-show-only tours in the past.