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Concept albums can be the worst. But Titus Andronicus’ second album, The Monitor, loosely based on Civil War imagery, gets better with each listen. It’s tough not to love the New Jersey punk quartet, who ignite their commentary with meaty bass riffs and volatile guitars. For its current jaunt, the band reunites with raucous DIY rockers So So Glos, with whom they toured in 2009; also joining in on the fun is longtime local pop-punk band The Max Levine Ensemble. Come prepared for heady drum solos, a few Springsteen references, and group singalongs with the other sweathogs jammed against the stage.
Titus Andronicus performs with So So Glos and The Max Levine Ensemble at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com.