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Before the Danielson Famile and Sufjan Stevens became widespread indie-rock darlings, at least one talented crypto-Christian was prominent on the circuit: David Bazan of Pedro the Lion, a guitar-bass-drums act that explored the moodier side of New Testament philosophy. Bazan recently ditched the Pedro moniker, deciding that he’d rather be a one-man band like his buddies Vic Chesnutt, Mark Eitzel, and Will Johnson—with whom he toured earlier this year as the Undertow Orchestra. Now on his own, Bazan’s hawking a new disc titled Fewer Moving Parts, which features both orchestrated and acoustic versions of five songs. He’s still the same storyteller, forever on the mournful side and maybe even more bitter, too: “You’re so creative/With your reviews of what other people do/How satisfying that must be for you,” he sings on “Selling Advertising”—essentially painting music-magazine execs as modern-day-temple money-changers. Bazan plays with Andy Zipf and Anousheh Khalili at 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-7960. (Joe Warminsky)