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David Bazan has put the Pedro the Lion moniker to bed after years of hard use and is now a "solo dude"--not that big a change for him, really, since PTL was always just Bazan and whoever else wasn't busy for the next few weeks. He's lightened up musically, but his tongue just keeps getting sharper by the song. His solo debut, last year's Fewer Moving Parts (Barsuk), sounds like the ol' boy lashing out after a decade of Christian decorum. Hardly anyone is spared--Bazan has choice words for aspiring bands, record labels, rock critics, the current administration, Christ and his followers, and of course for himself. "Backwoods Nation," which has been a live staple since Bush came to office, grows more poignant by the day: "Calling all frat boys / To trade in their hazing / Their keggers and cocaine / And casual date raping / For Cabinet appointments / And Rose Garden tapings." Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and Gaberdine open. a 9:30 PM, Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 773-281-4444 or 866-468-3401, $12, 18+. --Jessica Hopper

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