It's been a year since the former Pedro the Lion frontman came out with his solo debut, and that itself was several years in the making since PtL broke up. It was worth the wait, though, since Bazan threw off his need for concept albums in favor of sweet, simple, attractive songs (shades of Buddy Holly). Emo boys should note how he emotes in an appealing way without sounding whiny or wimpy. With the Mynabirds.
Fri., Sept. 24, 9 p.m., 2010