Tues, Dec 11th, David Bazan
Blue Lamp, 8 p.m.
David Bazan is a spiritually conflicted alcoholic father who writes poignant songs about such subjects as rapture, dereliction and premarital sex. When his band Pedro the Lion released its album Control in 2002, Christian-rock fans around the United States were disappointed and confused by the band's sudden departure from scripture and a more exploratory questioning of faith. With songs about beer, cigarettes and girls, it was one of the group's best-selling albums. This year, Control turns 10 years old, and the David Bazan Band is celebrating a vinyl reissue of Pedro the Lion's back catalog with a nationwide tour, playing Control in its entirety. 1400 Alhambra Boulevard, www.davidbazan.com.