David Bazan documentary Strange Negotiations will be screened at Johnny Brenda’s

David Bazan | still from film

Strange Negotiations, a new documentary about the life of Pedro the Lion’s David Bazan, will make its East Coast premiere at Johnny Brenda’s on June 21. The Kickstarter-funded film premiered at SXSW this year, and now filmmaker Brandon Vedder is taking it on tour, with a series of screenings later this month. Bazan will join Vedder for a Q&A following the screening. Continue reading →


The Key Presents: David Bazan

David Bazan| photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |
David Bazan | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |

David Bazan isn’t exactly a household name. It’s both a blessing and a curse for Bazan, who actually prefers to keep things intimate with his fans. Even if you’re not particularly familiar with either his solo work or one the many projects that he’s had his hands in down through the past two decades, it’s almost certain that one of your favorite bands is. When he played at Johnny Brenda’s in July, the audience was a veritable who’s who of the Philadelphia scene. Members of Modern Baseball, mewithoutYou, Hop Along, Tiger’s Jaw and more filled the room, standing in awe of a one man powerhouse. Continue reading →


Sacred and Profane: David Bazan and the Passenger String Quartet at First Unitarian

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |

Do you know how hard it is to take pictures and have a tearful, cathartic dump of pent-up emotions at the same time? Really freakin’ hard. It only took one song for David Bazan and the Passenger String Quartet to reduce me to a blubbering mess at last Wednesday’s poignant show in the First Unitarian Church’s beautiful sanctuary. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Angus and Julia Stone at Union Transfer, David Bazan at the First Unitarian Church, Todd Rundgren at the Keswick Theater

Angus and Julia Stone
Angus and Julia Stone | photo courtesy of the artists

Australian brother-sister act Angus and Julia Stone make an appearance at Union Transfer tonight.  The duo teamed up again for this year’s self-titled LP, following a handful of solo efforts that were released after 2010’s critically acclaimed Down the Way.  While primarily an acoustic folk project, the Stones approach their songs from a blues angle.  Watch their video for “A Heartbreak” below and pick up tickets here.

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