City Paper is not for tourists
After handling the Civil War a few years ago on The Monitor, New Jersey indie-punk stompers Titus Andronicus have moved on to the really heavy stuff: manic-depression. The Most Lamentable Tragedy, the band’s new saga about frontman Patrick Stickles, clocks it at more than an hour and a half. Crafted as a five-act rock opera, the album features covers of songs by similarly depressive musicians Daniel Johnson and the Pogues, and explores the highs and lows of Stickles’ emotional turmoil. To give the album an even more theatrical bent, the band has also created videos to accompany each act. But this epic trip to the therapist’s couch hasn’t taken away Titus’ penchant for bangers about staying up way too late and drinking way too much. Also still around: the frenzied dancing those songs inspire. See you in the pit.Titus Andronicus performs with Spider Bags and Baked at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $16–$18. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com.