by Robert Bell
9 p.m. Stickyz. $10 adv., $12 day of.
Titus Andronicus, of New Jersey, is one of the latest in a long line of boozy, melodic punk rock bands that stretches from The Clash and The Pogues and The Replacements up through Dillinger Four and Against Me! and The Hold Steady (they share D4's affinity for long, absurd, often hilarious song titles, e.g., "Still Life With Hot Deuce On Silver Platter").
Titus Andronicus has a much grander and weirder scope and vision than most of those comparisons would lead you to believe. Just give a spin to the band's 2010 album "The Monitor," a loose concept album about the Civil War, interspersed with bits of speeches from Lincoln and Jefferson Davis.
The band's latest, 2012's "Local Business," starts with a trifecta of punk anthems that's as exciting as anything I've heard in a good while. They crib from "Personality Crisis" on the 69-second instrumental "Food Fight!" only to move seamlessly into the personal and candid eight-minute epic, "My Eating Disorder," about frontman Patrick Stickles' battle with Selective Eating Disorder.
The band is on tour with power-pop-informed punks The So So Glos out of Brooklyn.