Review: Titus Andronicus’ The Most Lamentable Tragedy is vital, vicious rock

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When you find yourself in the middle of a Titus Andronicus binge, it’s easy to slip into a parallel universe — a world much like ours, but where “+@” (the band’s preferred short form) is the biggest band in the world. “Ecce Homo” streaming from open car windows, “Titus Andronicus” blaring from arena monitors at the pivotal moments of sports games, breathless coverage of every new tweet from the band’s account: it makes for a fun thought, albeit one that’s going to remain a fantasy. It’s not controversial to state that rock is a genre pinned to the margins of today’s musical climate. Hip-hop and electronic music have more commercial potency and more social and cultural relevance; they’re younger and more volatile.

Rock isn’t dead, but…

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