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On the road with singer-songwriter David Bazan

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David Bazan in an Aliso Viejo park.

Indie singer-songwriter David Bazan played a house show in Aliso Viejo Tuesday night. It's an example of the intimate connection he makes with fans both as a person and through his music, exploring topics like religion and political disillusionment in a deeply personal way.

Part of the way he connects with fans is by doing small house shows on his Living Room tours. He tours by himself, without a band, playing acoustic shows hosted by fans in their living rooms. The shows almost always sell out relatively quickly, as they're kept small due to the intimate venues. The sales are all done through Paypal. "I feel like the people that are at the shows have a good experience, and it builds trust."

Bazan says that doing these shows lets him come back to the same area more frequently than if he were to perform with his band at a rock club. He says he can do his solo tour in his van for under $100 a day, and gets a much higher percentage of tickets per person. "A lot of the things [I] do are geared so the pressure of money isn't the first thing on my mind."

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New Music: Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' & David Bazan's 'Strange Negotiations'

On this morning's Madeleine Brand Show, NPR music critic Ann Powers talked about new albums from Lady Gaga and David Bazan.

Lady Gaga's album went on sale for 99 cents on Amazon yesterday. "Wait, how much?!" you may be saying. Well, so many others agreed that Amazon's servers froze due to the huge demand, leaving many unsatisfied customers temporarily unable to access the latest pop confection from Miss Gaga.

If you'd like a peak into the world of Gaga, you can listen to a few of her new songs below from this past weekend's Saturday Night Live:

Born This Way:

Judas:

You can also see Gaga in a sketch with Justin Timberlake, "What's That Name?":

And the latest in a series of SNL's popular digital shorts series, as well as the latest in a sub-series of videos featuring Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg as '90s-esque white R&B guys.

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