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Titus Andronicus

4 p.m. Sunday, March 14. Vintage Vinyl, 6610 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

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New Jersey's Titus Andronicus has been to St. Louis quite a bit as an opener, for bands such as Los Campesinos! and Lucero. (In fact, the quintet can be considered a hybrid of the former's rickety pop and the latter's raucous yearning.) This week, Titus Andronicus released its sophomore album, The Monitor. Less knock-kneed and more hi-fi than 2008's The Airing of Grievances, the album is proud, restrained and chaotic all at once — like Springsteen songs coated with a shoegaze glaze or the Hold Steady beamed through a staticky AM radio. In support of Monitor, the band is embarking on what it's calling the Monitour. (See what they did there?) The trek is only hitting indie record stores, and Vintage Vinyl is one of the lucky places chosen for a show.

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