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Titus Andronicus at the Hi-Tone

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The Hi-Tone returns this week. After closing on Poplar earlier in the year, the venerable Midtown music club is reborn — sans "café" — this week at 412-414 N. Cleveland. Christening the club will be Jersey-bred rockers Titus Andronicus, who play bar-band rock filtered through punk aggression, topped by an agitated, word-drunk frontman in Patrick Stickles. Where the band's thrilling second album, The Monitor, revisited Stickles' advance into and retreat from Southern territory in the language of the Civil War, last year's Local Business is more modest. On the single "In a Big City," Stickles looks back ruefully on his "ascent," singing, "I grew up on one side of the river/I was a disturbed, dangerous drifter/Moved over to the other side of the river/Now I'm a drop in a deluge of hipsters." But this is a band that sounds just as much at home yelling "Food Fight" over boogie-metal riffs as they do referencing William Lloyd Garrison and Albert Camus. And live, they're often a blast, with Stickles' bandmates growing to rival him, songs smashing together, and unexpected covers. (Of the three shows I've seen, they've done Chuck Berry, Little Richard, the Misfits, and Bruce Springsteen.) Titus Andronicus open the Hi-Tone on Monday, May 6th, with the So-So Glos. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.

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