David Bazan (pictured) has never been one to shy away from confronting difficult questions about life and spirituality, or from dealing with them in an honest, even revealing manner. Raised in a strict non-secular household, the former Pedro the Lion frontman rather unfairly received the "Christian rock" label in his early days, but especially since shedding his former moniker the Seattle native has worked his (increasingly distant) relationship with God into a broader struggle with personal demons, ranging from addiction to romance to politics. While the bearded singer has loosened up his persona some over the years, the formula for his music has stayed relatively unchanged, its slow, subdued progressions built around his raspy drawl of a voice. Champagne, Illinois's Headlights don't trouble themselves with such heady issues, however. The indie-pop trio's infectious melodicism offers up simple pleasures, which means they should balance perfectly Bazan's carefully wrought ruminations.
Mon., April 5, 8 p.m., 2010