Mix Irish punk, Replacements and E-Street band. What do you get? Freakin’ good music.

A friend pointed Titus Andronicus out to me a week or so ago. Since then I’ve become a fan of The Monitor, their latest release; in particular, this song — Richard II or Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds — which made me want to quaff a Guiness while dancing a jig in a dingy bar somewhere where tattered optimism and hard-luck stories mingle.

O.K.,perhaps that’s a big overwrought. It’s hard to describe why Titus’ stuff grabbed me. But here goes: Imagine combining the Pogues and early Springsteen, throw in the Replacements and Neutral Milk Hotel off In the Aeroplane over the Sea, and you get what these guys are up to. If that makes no sense whatsoever, what I’m trying to say is that this band makes some pretty nifty music and you should check them out.

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