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Titus Andronicus is a punk/indie band from Glen Rock, New Jersey comprised (as of August 2013) of [[IAmTheBand Patrick Stickles]], Eric Harm, Julian Veronesi, and Adam Reich. They have released three albums, 2008's ''The Airing of Grievances'', 2010's ''The Monitor'', a ConceptAlbum based on the dual lives of a young man in New Jersey and a Union soldier in the CivilWar, and 2012's ''Local Business''.

Imagine Music/BruceSpringsteen crossed with Music/NeutralMilkHotel crossed with Music/TheClash and you're about halfway there.

They are named for the quite bloody and violent [[Theatre/TitusAndronicus Shakespeare play]] of the same name.
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!! Titus Andronicus provides examples of:
* AuthorAvatar: The protagonist in ''The Most Lamentable Tragedy'' is at least partially based on Stickles himself.
* ConceptAlbum:
** ''The Moniter'' uses the American Civil War as a metaphor for the struggles of a young man in modern New Jersey.
** Stickles has explained that the 5 different "acts" in ''The Most Lamentable Tragedy'' are meant to represent the protagonist going through different stages of manic depression.

* DarkReprise: "Titus Andronicus Forever" at the beginning of ''The Monitor'' and "...And Ever" at the end.
* EpicRocking: Basically all of ''The Monitor'', but special credit should go to "The Battle of Hampton Roads," a nearly 15 minute song named for the first naval battle between ironclad ships. With a bagpipe solo.
* GeniusBonus: With song titles like "[[Creator/PieterBruegelTheElder Upon Viewing Brueghel's 'Landscape with the Fall of Icarus]]" and a concept album about the Civil War with a recommended reading list, this is a given. Patrick Stickles is a very smart, very well-read guy and it comes through in his lyrics.
* OdeToIntoxication: Both the sarcastic and non-sarcastic variety.
* PerishingAltRockVoice: If Conor Oberst had become a punk rocker, he would be Patrick Stickles.
* ShoutOut: To absolutely everything including Creator/WilliamShakespeare, Albert Camus, the CivilWar, Music/BillyBragg, Music/BruceSpringsteen, {{Seinfeld}}, HunterSThompson, and ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', to name just a few.
* SpokenWordInMusic: ''The Monitor'' contains readings of speeches and writings by UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and Creator/WaltWhitman, among others, performed by fellow indie rock artists such as Craig Finn of Music/TheHoldSteady and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak.
* StrawNihilist / TheAntiNihilist: A common thread throughout Stickles' lyrics is his own indecision between falling into nihilism completely or finding his own purpose in life.
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